Man credited with "Saving a Billion Lives" honored with national statue

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Credit: Minnesota History Center

Man credited with "Saving a Billion Lives" honored with national statue

March 26, 2014 Updated Mar 26, 2014 at 12:48 PM CDT

Washington, D.C. (NNCNOW.com) - A statue stands tall on the grounds of the U.S Capitol honoring the legacy of Dr. Norman Borlaug, a pioneer of agricultural technology whose work earned him the distinct title of "The Man Who Saved a Billion Lives." With deep connections to Minnesota, Dr. Borlaug was a passionate supporter of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

A Nobel Laureate, Dr. Borlaug, was credited with saving 1 billion lives from starvation through agricultural technology.

In addition to his position on GMOs, Dr. Borlaug is known as the father of the "Green Revolution," a collection of developments in agricultural science between the 1940s and 1960s.

His work made him one of only seven people to win the Nobel Peace Prize (1970), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977), and the Congressional Gold Medal (2006).

Dr. Borlaug received his undergraduate, master's, and doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota, which later named a wing of a science building to "Borlaug Hall".

In his honor, the 2004 Minnesota Legislature designated October 16th of each year as "Dr. Norman Borlaug World Food Prize Day".