norman borlaug, 1914-2009

If I were going to nominate someone for the title of Greatest Human Being Who Ever Lived, I think I would be hard-pressed to come up with a better candidate that Dr. Norman Borlaug, who died yesterday at age 95.

Some people estimate that Borlaug's development of high-yield crops is responsible for saving a billion people from starvation in south Asia alone. And yet I doubt his passing will generate 1/100th of the attention that pop stars and career politicians do.

1 comment:

Gino said...

Mr D, from my roll, wrote a good peice on him as well.

i share the sentiments of both of you. unfortunately, when it comes to science type stuff, i'm the type that remembers the hero and the heroics that i learned about, but totally forget the name.