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Boyd Orr, John (Orr)

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Born: 1880 AD
Died: 1971 AD, at 90 years of age.

Nationality: Scottish
Categories: Agriculturist

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1880 - He was born on the 23rd of September.

1914 - He became director of the Institute of Animal Nutrition at the University of Aberdeen.

1929 - He founded the Imperial Bureau of Animal Nutrition there.

1945 - He became rector of the University of Glasgow, a member of Parliament for the Scottish universities.

1946 - Under the aegis of the FAO, he set up an International Emergency Food Council, with thirty-four member nations, to meet the postwar food crisis.

1947 - He traveled extensively throughout the world trying to get support for a comprehensive food plan and was bitterly disappointed when his proposal for the establishment of a World Food Board failed when neither Britain nor the United States would vote for it.

1948 - He was director general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

1949 - He received a barony.

         - Boyd-Orr was awarded the Nobel Prize for his efforts to eliminate world hunger.

1971 - John Boyd Orr, himself a scientist-adjuster of old systems, died at his home in Scotland on the 25th, at the age of ninety.

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