Nobel Prize for 1970

It’s said he “saved more lives than any other person who has ever lived.” Norman Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for a lifetime of researching and developing new wheat varieties to feed a hungry world—known today as the “Green Revolution.” Throughout his first Nobel Lecture, Norman Borlaug used references from the Hebrew Bible, from Genesis, Isaiah, Joel, and Amos, to underscore the ancient link to modern-day hunger and social strife.

By developing and applying scientific and technological skills of the twentieth century, we see Isaiah’s prophecies in Norman Borlaug’s concluding quote from his speech: “And the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose . . . and the parched ground shall become a pool and the thirsty land springs of water.”

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