Borlaug Statue Dedication

Statue of Dr. Borlaug

Leaders dedicate a statue of the late agricultural scientist

Speaker John Boehner, congressional leaders, and lawmakers from Iowa dedicated a statue of the late Dr. Norman E. Borlaug on Tuesday, March 25 in National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol.

Borlaug is widely regarded as America’s greatest agricultural scientist. He developed high-yield, disease-resistant wheat varieties and is credited with saving more than a billion people from starvation.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 in recognition of his work and he is one of seven people to have won that honor along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.

“I, for one, think it’ll be awfully nice to have a miracle worker around here,” Speaker Boehner said during the dedication ceremony.

Borlaug’s statue represents the state of Iowa, Borlaug’s birthplace and childhood home. Each state can contribute two statues to the National Statuary Hall Collection in the United States Capitol. Borlaug’s replaces a statue of James Harlan. Iowa’s other statue is of Samuel Jordan Kirkwood.