Friday, July 29, 2011
While attending the 2011 Borlaug Global Rust Initiative Technical Workshop in St. Paul Minnesota in June, I had a rare opportunity to visit the University of Minnesota Archives with several colleagues, including Ms Jeanie Borlaug Laube, daughter of 1970 Nobel Laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug. The Archives hold many of Dr. Borlaug's papers, including the first hand written draft of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. To hold and read this document was a particularly special moment for me, as I have always been inspired by Dr. Borlaug's achievements in wheat improvement and his humanitarian work. We also read through some of his field books, in which we found notes taken on the rust responses of wheat breeding lines over the years. Overall, a truly remarkable experience.