Norman Ernest Borlaug. 25 March 1914 — 12 September 2009

@article{Phillips2013NormanEB,
  title={Norman Ernest Borlaug. 25 March 1914 — 12 September 2009},
  author={Ronald L. Phillips},
  journal={Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society},
  year={2013},
  pages={59 - 72}
}
  • R. Phillips
  • Published 31 December 2013
  • Medicine
  • Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
Norman Ernest Borlaug has commonly been called the father of the ‘Green Revolution’ because of his tireless efforts, beginning in the early 1940s, to make Mexico self-sufficient in wheat production, and his subsequent saving of millions of people in India, Pakistan and elsewhere from starvation through high-yielding wheat varieties. By 1963, Mexico was an exporter of wheat, and wheat yields in Pakistan and India nearly doubled between 1965 and 1970. Similarly, ‘miracle rices’ developed at the… 
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