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Norman Borlaug receives the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with wheat.

A University of Minnesota alum, Borlaug hybridized wheat which led to higher yields for farmers, subsequently increasing the food supply worldwide.

For his work, he was awarded the Nobel Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and later in life, the Congressional Gold Medal, among many other high-ranking distinctions.

Borlaug is one of just seven people to receive the three prestigious awards, and was dubbed the "father of the Green revolution," while he is also credited with saving more than one billion lives because of the increased food supply stemming from his breakthroughs in wheat technology.

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