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.