A lesson in compassionate tenacity

Norman Borlaug, 1914-2009 VICTORIA HOFMO Brooklyn, N.Y. At a time when scientists are having a resurgence of popularity—I dare say, they are even a little sexy again—I thought it would be apropos to feature a Norwegian-American scientist. I was inspired by his story, featured on the episode “Norman Borlaug: The Man Who Tried to Feed the World” in PBS’ American Experience. Norman Ernest Borlaug was born in Iowa in 1914. His great-grandparents immigrated from Vik, Norway, in 1847 because of the potato blight. They first settled in Wisconsin and ended up in Saude, a Norwegian-American community in Iowa, where Borlaug was raised.  From a young age, he worked the farm and was incredibly productive but unhappy. He held little h
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Victoria Hofmo

Victoria Hofmo was born, raised, and still lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, the historical heart of Norwegian New York. She is 3/4 Scandinavian: 1/2 Norwegian and 1/4 Danish/Swedish. Self-employed, she runs an out-of-school-time program that articulates learning through the arts. Hofmo is an advocate for arts and culture, education, and the preservation of the built and natural environment of her hometown, with a love for most things Scandinavian.

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