This medal honors Dr. Norman Borlaug’s accomplishments in terms of bringing radical change to world agriculture and uplifting humanity are without parallel. After World War II, Dr. Borlaug made his breakthrough achievement of developing a strand of wheat that could exponentially increase yields while actively resisting disease.
In 1970, Dr. Borlaug received the Nobel Peace Prize, the only person working in agriculture to ever be so honored. Since then he has received numerous honors and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Public Service Medal, the National Academy of Sciences’ highest honor, and the Rotary International Award for World Understanding and Peace.
The obverse features an image of Dr. Norman Borlaug in the early 1960’s in the experimental wheat fields of Mexico, with the inscription "Norman Borlaug."
The reverse depicts hands holding strands of wheat developed by Dr. Norman Borlaug. The central image depicts a globe with a quote by Borlaug, "The first essential component for social justice is adequate food for all mankind." Additional inscriptions are "Act of Congress," and "2006."
||Obverse: Phebe Hemphill
Reverse: Don Everhart
||Public Law 109-395
||Philadelphia Mint (no mint mark)
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