Every Saturday from now on I’ll be giving a salute to the scientists and/or skeptics that help make our world a better place.
I think that a fitting person for my first Salute is someone whose discoveries have been estimated to have saved hundreds of millions of lives.
Norman Borlaug‘s work in developing high-yield, disease-resistant wheat varieties has helped increase yields in developing countries, and decrease famine worldwide. He is considered the father of the Green Revolution.
For his work, Borlaug has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Congressional Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal. He is also the founder of the World Food Prize, which recognizes those who work to improve the quality, quantity or availability of food.
At 95 years old, he is still a strong advocate for the improvement of food production worldwide.