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Father of Green Revolution Norman Borlaug dies

Last updated on: September 14, 2009 12:59 IST
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Nobel Peace Prize winner US scientist and one of the main architects of India's first green revolution Norman Borlaug died in Texas on Saturday. He was 95.

Borlaug was suffering from cancer complications and died at around 11 pm on Saturday night at his home in Dallas.

Borlaug was awarded the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2006 for his unparalleled contributions to green revolution. Borlaug was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970.

During the mid-20th century, Borlaug developed semi-dwarf high-yield, disease-resistant wheat varieties and led to their introduction combined with modern agricultural production techniques to Mexico, Pakistan and India.

Between 1965 and 1970 wheat yeilds nearly doubled in Pakistan and India marking the 'green revolution,' and greatly improving the food security. Borlaug is often credited with saving over a billion people from starvation.

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