Borlaug Through the Years
Borlaug Through the Years
Norman Borlaug came to the University of Minnesota in 1933 as a 19 year-old farm boy (student/athlete). He had never before traveled beyond the state of Iowa. In 9 years he earned a Baccalaureate degree in Forestry, and a Masters and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Plant Pathology. His educational, scientific and philosophical roots run deep in the University of Minnesota. His ties to Minnesota alumni and his several University of Minnesota mentors ( especially Professor Elvin C. Stakman and Dr. Jacob G. “Dutch” Harrar) and his many Minnesota friends lasted a lifetime.
This timeline is Minnesota-centric in that it reflects the perspectives of those who knew, worked with and admired Norman.
Richard J. Zeyen, PhD
Department of Plant Pathology
University of Minnesota
Below is a listing of Department of Plant Pathology alumni and other University of Minnesota plant science graduates who served with Norman and/or supported his international efforts to defeat of wheat, barley and oat stem rust and other plant diseases during the Green Revolution (1941-1980).
Minnesota Plant Pathology Alumni
* = Spent significant portions of their careers working with and supporting Norman.
Margaret Newton – PhD, 1922 - Canada
J. H. Craigie – MS, 1925 – Canada
Bjorn Peturson –MS, 1929; PhD, 1952 – Canada
R. U. Cotter – PhD, 1929
M. N. Levine – PhD, 1924
H. A. Rodenhiser – PhD, 1928
Helen Hart – PhD, 1929
Thorvaldur Johnson – PhD, 1930 – Canada
L. W. Melander – PhD, 1930
F. J. Greaney - PhD, 1931
*J. G. Harrar – PhD, 1935
I. A. Watson – PhD, 1941
John B. Rowell – PhD, 1949
W. Q. Loegering – PhD, 1949
Harry C. Young – PhD, 1949
*John Gibler – MS, 1950; PhD 1951
Robert Skiles – PhD, 1952
Donald M. Stewart – PhD, 1953
Eugene B. Hayden – PhD, 1956
H. David Thurston – PhD, 1958
*Bobby Renfro – PhD, 1960
Bill J. Roberts – PhD, 1962
Rafael Lopez – MS, 1964
*Eugene Saari – PhD, 1966
Mahesh Pandey – MS, 1966; PhD, 1969
Louis T. Palmer – PhD, 1968
*Jon M. Prescott – PhD, 1970
*Bent Skovmand – MS, 1973; PhD, 1976
Joseph Southern – PhD, 1978
Rockfeller Foundation/Mexican Government Supported Graduate Students at Minnesota's Department of Plant Pathology
Alfredo Campos – MS, 1950; PhD 1958
Angelita Melendez – MS, 1951
Gabriel P. Murillo
C. Ochoa – MS, 1954
Ma Lourdes De La Isla – MS, 1957
Marco A. Flores – MS, 1957
*Jacaobo Ortega - PhD, 1960
*Ricardo A. Rodriguez – PhD, 1960
Faculty of the Department-Participating in International Collaborations during the Green Revolution
Professor Thomas King
Professor Roy Wilcoxsin
Professor Milton Kernkamp
Professor Benham Lockhart
Adjunct Professor Robert Romig
Adjunct Professor Jack Schafer
Adjunct Professor Alan Roelfs
Adjunct Professor Donald McVey
Adjunct Professor Paul Rothman
Faculty Who Served as Rockfeller Consultants or with other Green Revolution efforts
*Professor Elvin C. Stakman
Professor Helen Hart
Professor Clyde Christensen
Associate Professor Matthew Moore
Professor Sagar Krupa
Professor Richard Zeyen
Other Plant Scientists from the University of Minnesota
*Joseph Rupert – BS, 1937 - Forestry
Donald Fletcher - BS, 1922 - Ag. Education; Plant Pathology Graduate work, 1922-25.
*Dr. Al Moseman – PhD, 1941 – Plant Genetics/Pathology Minor
Campaigns Against Hunger - by E.C. Stakman, Richard Bradfield and Paul C. Mangelsdorf, 1967. Harvard University Press.
Facing Starvation: Norman Borlaug and the Fight Against Hunger - by Lennard Bickel, 1974. Readers Digest Press.
E.C. Stakman, Statesman of Science - by C.M. Christensen, 1984. The American Phytopathologial Society.
The Man Who Fed The World - by Leon Hesser, 2006. Durban House Publishing Co. Inc.
Borlaug the Mild-Mannered Maverick Who Fed a Billion People ( Vol. 1, Right off the Farm, 1914-1944) - by Noel Vietmeyer, 2008. Bracing Books.
Borlaug (Vol. 2, Wheat Whisperer, 1944-1959) - by Noel Vietmeyer, 2004, 2010. Bracing Books.
Borlaug (Vol. 3, Bread Winner, 1960-1969) - by Noel Vietmeyer, 2010. Bracing Books.
Our Daily Bread: the Essential Norman Borlaug - by Noel Vietmeyer, 2011. Bracing Books
John S. Niederhauser: Recollections of a Life in Science and Agriculture - Ed. by Paul D. Peterson, R. Steven Turner and Clay S. Smith, 2012. The American Phytopathologial Society.