Dr. Norman Borlaug, a distinguished professor of international agriculture at Texas A&M University, has been selected to receive the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Sciences.
Established in 1914, the medal is presented annually to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good.
Borlaug was selected for the award because of his efforts in the war against hunger by developing and implementing the use of high-yielding, disease-resistant wheat strains grown with improved agronomic practices.
Borlaug's work has earned international recognition, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970.
Borlaug perfected the high-yield dwarf wheat, which can grow in a multitude of environments. His research transformed agriculture in starvation-plagued Mexico, Asia, Africa and South America.
“Dr. Borlaug is recognized worldwide for his leadership in improving agriculture and enhancing food production,” said Dr. Ed Hiler, vice chancellor and dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M.
“Through his tireless efforts to end hunger, he has endeavored to share new technologies with countries around the world, thus preventing, quite literally, millions from starving. Dr. Borlaug's contributions to our society and to this university are distinguished.”
“Dr. Borlaug is universally recognized as a leader of the Green Revolution,” said Bruce Alberts, president of the National Academy of Sciences.