Humorist (and libertarian) Penn Jillette has done a fantastic interview with Dr. Norman Borlaug. If you have to ask, "Borlaug who?," Jillette says, "If you know just one name of one person in the world today, that name should be Dr. Norman Borlaug."
Norman Borlaug, as the "Father of the Green Revolution," is the single human being who has saved more human lives than any other person in all of history. How many lives has he saved? My guess is easily more than billion. For his work in dramatically improving crop yields, Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970.
Give yourself a treat and listen to the podcast of Jillette's interview of a truly great man. (And just in case the link doesn't work you can get it at this URL: http://podcast.penn.freefm.com/penn/25352.mp3)
A new biography of Borlaug, The Man Who Fed the World: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlang and His Battle to End World Hunger will be out in September.
See also my Reason interview with Borlaug here.