For those of you who don't know who he was, Norman Borlaug was the greatest man in history. He was a scientist who saved the world. He believed that you couldn't build a peaceful world on empty stomachs and human misery, so he went out there and did something about it. He saw people starving in some of the most poverty-riddled hellholes the world has seen, then packed up his family, moved, and created new strains of wheat and rice in Mexico, India, Pakistan, China, and Africa despite wars, famine, and disease. This man lived in those conditions and fed the world.
When he won the Nobel Prize in 1970, it was estimated that his efforts had saved the lives of over a billion people. The number has been growing since then. His technological, biological and agricultural breakthroughs are responsible for saving so many of us. What makes me really sad is that Michael Jackson's death hit the front page of every newspaper in the world, but Norman Borlaug probably won't crack section A of most papers that even bother to mention his passing.
He died on September 12th, 2009, at 11pm in his home in Dallas. He was 95 years old.