20 Scientists Who Have Helped Shape Our World

Posted on August 16, 2006  Comments (2)

20 Scientists Who Have Helped Shape Our World (pdf document) from the National Science Resources Center

Norman Borlaug, Plant Scientist—“Father of the Green Revolution”

The results of Dr. Borlaug’s work are encouraging: India, for example, harvests six times more wheat today than it did only 40 years ago. This increase in wheat production in poor countries has been called the “Green Revolution.” It has been written about Dr. Borlaug that he has saved more lives than anyone else who ever lived.

For his scientific achievements, Dr. Borlaug was awarded the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Today, at age 90, Dr. Borlaug remains active in science as a distinguished professor of international agriculture at Texas A&M University

Others include:

  • Tim Berners-Lee, Computer Scientist—Inventor of the World Wide Web
  • George Washington Carver, Inventor/Chemist (1861−1943)—Saving Agriculture in the South
  • Ayanna Howard, Engineer—Robotics Pioneer, and
  • Stephen Hawking, Physicist—Beyond Black Holes

    He continued working on the theory of the origin of the universe, and in doing so found ways to link relativity (gravity) with quantum mechanics (the inner workings of atoms). This contributed enormously to what physicists call Grand Unified Theory, a way of explaining, in one equation, all physical matter in the universe.

    2 Responses to “20 Scientists Who Have Helped Shape Our World”

    1. CuriousCat: Five Scientists Who Made the Modern World
      August 31st, 2007 @ 6:57 pm

      […] “1) R. A. Fisher 2) Louis Pasteur 3) Leo Szilárd 4) John von Neumann 5???” How about Norman Borlaug? […]

    2. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Norman E. Borlaug 1914-2009
      September 14th, 2009 @ 8:42 am

      […] 20 Scientists Who Have Helped Shape Our World – 2004 Medal of Science Winners – Forgotten Benefactor of Humanity – Five […]

    Leave a Reply