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Nobel Prize winner Norman Borlaug dies aged 95

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Latest update : 2009-09-15

Nobel Prize winning scientist Norman Borlaug (left), an agricultural pioneer whose work was credited with saving hundreds of millions of lives, has died at the age of 95, the New York Times has reported.

AFP - Norman Borlaug, a Nobel Prize winning scientist who played an important role in agriculture and whose work was credited with saving hundreds of millions of lives, has died at the age of 95, The New York Times reported Sunday.

The death, which occurred late Saturday in Dallas, Texas, was due to complications from cancer, the newspaper said, citing a spokeswoman for Texas A&M University, where Borlaug had served on the faculty since 1984.

Borlaug’s advances in plant breeding led to success in increasing food production in Latin America and Asia and brought him international acclaim, the report said.

His breeding of high-yielding crop varieties helped to avert mass famines that were widely predicted in the 1960s, altering the course of history, The Times said.

Largely because of his work, countries like Mexico and India that had been food deficient became self-sufficient in producing cereal grains, according to the paper.

Due to this, Borlaug was widely described as the father of a movement called the Green Revolution and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in 1970.
 

Date created : 2009-09-13

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