Texas A&M Professor wins National Medal of Science

WASHINGTON (AP) – Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug received the National Medal of Science in a White House ceremony Monday and shared the moment in the spotlight with the Texas university where he’s taught for years.

Borlaug, 91, flashed a double Texas A&M University “thumbs up” sign to President Bush, who draped him with the medal, drawing some chuckles and an Aggie “Whoop!” from the audience.

Borlaug, a professor of international agriculture, has devoted much of his study and career on problems of world hunger and famine.

He developed strains of high-yield wheat that were critical to helping turn the tide of a famine and starvation crisis in India and Pakistan in the 1960s, The Dallas Morning News reported in a 2001 profile of Bourlag.

His work in helping double wheat production in the countries became known as the Green Revolution. Bourlag has since been dubbed the father of that revolution.

He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for developing the high-yield dwarf wheat that reversed the countries’ food shortages.

Bourlag is a supporter of biotechnology and divides his time between College Station, Dallas and Mexico. He teaches at Texas A&M in the fall. His family lives in Dallas. In Mexico, he has worked at the International Maize and Wheat Center near Mexico City.

Bourlag is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and originally from Iowa.

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