Autograph letter signed, two pages (stapled together), 8,25 x 11 inch, 1999, to Dr. Elizabeth Whelan (American Council on Science and Health) - concerning the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) Board of Director`s Meeting in November 1998, written and signed in blue ballpoint ink "NEB", with two horizontal letter folds - in nearly very fine condition. Accompanied by a signed photograph of Norman Ernest Borlaug during a speech, 4 x 6 inch, signed in blue ballpoint ink "Norman E. Borlaug", in very fine condition.
"[...] I was pleased to have an opportunity to attend the ACSH Board of Director`s Meeting in early November and obtain a first hand account by you and your staff of the great progress that had been achieved during 1998 on many projects. It was also heartening to learn that it now appears that ACSH financial situation appears to be improving. [...]"
The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) is a pro-industry advocacy organization founded in 1978 by Elizabeth Whelan with support from the Scaife Foundation and John M. Olin Foundation. ACSH's publications focus on industry advocacy related to food, nutrition, health, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biology, biotechnology, infectious disease, and the environment.
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(1899-1972) American agronomist and humanitarian
Year of Birth: 1899
Norman Ernest Borlaug was born on March 25, 1914, on a farm in Cresco, Iowa. Growing up on the farm, he developed a strong work ethic, which he would carry with him throughout his life. He was the son of Norwegian immigrants, and his father, Henry, was a first-generation American.
In 1933, Borlaug enrolled in the University of Minnesota hoping to become a veterinarian. However, due to the onset of the Great Depression he was unable to continue his studies and instead took a job as a laborer on the family farm. In 1937, he was able to return to the university, where he was introduced to the field of plant pathology. His interest in this field led him to earn a Ph.D. in plant pathology and genetics from the university in 1942.
In 1944, Borlaug joined the Rockefeller Foundation and began working as a research associate in Mexico. His work focused on improving the productivity of wheat and other cereal crops in Mexico. Borlaug and his colleagues developed new varieties of wheat that were resistant to disease and could be grown in Mexican climates. These new varieties were so successful that they helped to reduce hunger in Mexico and other countries in Latin America.
In the 1960s, Borlaug's work shifted to India and Pakistan. He was part of a team of scientists who worked to develop high-yield varieties of wheat and other crops to help feed the rapidly growing population in these countries. Borlaug's work was so successful that it became known as the "Green Revolution." By 1970, these countries had become self-sufficient in grain production and had also become major exporters.
Throughout his career, Borlaug was recognized for his work in helping to end world hunger. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970, and in 1977 he was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1986, he was inducted into the National Agricultural Hall of Fame. He also received numerous other awards and honors for his work.
Norman Ernest Borlaug passed away on September 12, 2009, at the age of 95. He was remembered as a humanitarian and a champion of world hunger. His legacy lives on in the work that he started, and he is credited with saving millions of lives through his work.
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