Celebrating Norman Borlaug's Legacy on his 100th Birthday
A towering intellect and passionate humanitarian, Dr. Borlaug was a blunt-spoken genius who never stopped fighting for the things in which he believed. After conducting pioneering research in wheat breeding at The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico, he personally led the introduction of his improved varieties into Mexico and the Indian subcontinent. He became one of only seven people ever to have won the Nobel Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. For preventing mass starvations in India and Pakistan through his improvement of wheat yields, he is often called “The Man Who Saved a Billion Lives.”
All of humanity misses him, and we – as a company, and in several cases, as individuals – miss him acutely. Several of us were lucky enough to know him well. And we’re proud to say that when Dr. Borlaug talked to us, we listened.
Dr. Borlaug’s legacy lives on in plant breeders across the world. At Monsanto, inspired by Dr. Borlaug, we are proud to have established the Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program. The program provides opportunities to individuals seeding their Ph.D. in rice or wheat breeding.
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