Minnesota memorial for Norman Borlaug

One of the most prominent scientists to graduate from the University of Minnesota — Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug — will be honored at a memorial service next week.

Borlaug is called the “father of the Green Revolution” for collaborating with scientists in places like Mexico, India and Pakistan on problems of wheat improvement, helping stave off starvation for perhaps as many as one billion people worldwide.

A native of Cresco, Iowa, Borlaug wrestled on a U of M team. He received his bachelor of science degree in forestry from the U of M and earned master’s and doctorate degrees in plant pathology. He had been scheduled to be one of six grand marshals for the U of M’s homecoming parade on Oct. 10.

Borlaug died on Sept. 12h from complications of cancer. He was 95. MinnPost offers more information on his life and work here.

Speakers scheduled for the memorial service include U of M President Robert Bruininks; Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation; Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation; Carol Ishimaru, head of the U of M’s plant pathology department; and U of M Regents Professor Ron Phillips. The service also is to feature a video about Borlaug and a musical tribute, including a special piece composed by College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Sciences Dean Allen Levine.

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association has scheduled the service for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Memorial Hall of McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. SE., Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public.

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