Famous American Agricultural Scientists

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George Washington Carver
(Agricultural scientist)

George Washington Carver
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Birthdate: 1864
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Diamond, Missouri, United States
Died: January 5, 1943
Agricultural scientist George Washington Carver is best remembered for promoting crops that were alternative to cotton, such as peanuts and sweet potatoes. He invented ways to prevent soil depletion and developed scores of products made from peanuts, including paints and cosmetics. He won numerous honors, such as the Spingarn Medal.

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Norman Borlaug
(Agronomist)

Norman Borlaug
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Birthdate: March 25, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cresco, Iowa, United States
Died: September 12, 2009

Norman Borlaug was an American agronomist who played a key role in the Green Revolution, a set of research technology transfer initiatives that increased agricultural production, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970. Nicknamed the Father of the Green Revolution, Borlaug was also honored with the Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work.

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Sonny Perdue
(Politician)

Sonny Perdue
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Birthdate: December 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Perry, Georgia, USA

Sonny Perdue is an American businessman, veterinarian, and politician. From 2017 to 2021, he served as the United States Secretary of Agriculture. He also served as the 81st Governor of Georgia and became the first Republican to serve in that position since the Reconstruction era. Sonny Perdue is also credited with founding an agricultural trading company called AGrowStar.

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Eliza Lucas
(Agriculture in colonial South Carolina, where she developed indigo as one of its most important cash crops.)

Eliza Lucas
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Birthdate: December 28, 1722
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
Died: May 26, 1793

Eliza Lucas was an agronomist who redefined agriculture in colonial South Carolina by developing indigo as one of the region's most prominent cash crops. The processing of indigo as dye influenced the colony's economy greatly before the Revolutionary War. She was the first woman to be be inducted into the South Carolina's Business Hall of Fame in the 20th century.

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Étienne de Boré
(Agriculturalist)

Étienne de Boré
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Birthdate: December 27, 1741
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kaskaskia, Illinois, United States
Died: February 1, 1820

Étienne de Boré was a Creole French planter best remembered for producing Louisiana's first granulated sugar. His innovation encouraged planters to cultivate sugar cane in large quantities as it helped make sugar cane profitable as a commodity.

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Franklin Hiram King
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Birthdate: June 8, 1848
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Whitewater, Wisconsin, United States
Died: August 4, 1911

Franklin Hiram King was an agricultural scientist best known for his first-hand account of such agricultural practices that are considered today as standard organic farming practices. From 1888 to 1902, he also served as a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he taught agricultural physics. During his career, King made significant contributions to agriculture.

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David Lubin
(Merchant)

David Lubin
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Birthdate: June 10, 1849
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Klodawa, Poland
Died: January 1, 1919
A merchant and agriculturalist, David Lubin was pivotal in founding the International Institute of Agriculture in 1908. His successful fight for the lowering of oppressive freight rates helped lead to the development of the parcel post system. Born in Poland, Lubin also wrote essays and treatises and his novel, Let There be Light, proposed a universal world religion.
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E. T. York
(Professor)

E. T. York
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Birthdate: July 4, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Valley Head, Alabama, United States
Died: April 15, 2011
 An American professor, E. T. York was also an agronomist, university administrator, agricultural extension administrator, and U.S. presidential adviser. York not only authored over 100 technical papers, journal articles, and books, but he also lectured at more than forty universities in the US and throughout the world. In 1997, the Museum of Florida History named York as a "Great Floridian." 

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John Lorain
(Agriculturalist)

John Lorain
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Birthdate: 1753 AD
Birthplace: Maryland, United States
Died: 1823 AD
American farmer, merchant, agricultural writer, John Lorain was the first person to create a hybrid by combining two types of corn. His experiments anticipated the methods employed in the century following his death. In 1825, his book, Nature and Reason Harmonized in the Practice of Husbandry, was published by his widow. The book had descriptions of his experiments with hybrids.

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Claude Hope
(Horticulturalist)

Claude Hope
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Birthdate: May 10, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sweetwater, Texas, United States
Died: July 14, 2000
Claude Hope is best known for his role in turning the impatiens, an African river plant, into the most popular bedding plant in the US. In 1992, a book was written about him titled A Master of Seeds: The Life and Work of Claude Hope by Ricardo Arias Martinez. Hope was also honored for his social, economic contributions to Costa Rica.