Norman Ernest Borlaug (1914–2009)

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Science  16 Oct 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5951, pp. 381
DOI: 10.1126/science.1182211

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Norman Borlaug spent his youth on a small farm in Iowa, dreaming of becoming a high school science teacher and athletics coach. In the end, he spent his life working to keep food production ahead of population growth. His last spoken words on the day of his death (12 September 2009) were “take it to the farmer.” This was his credo for 65 years, and his research added hundreds of millions of additional tons of grain to world harvests.