The news of death came to be known as the painful day of China. Yuan Longping, the man who saved the world from hunger, died.
Yuan Longping, a famous scientist who had a major role in making the country what it is today, and who carried out a work to prevent hunger in China, where poverty was once rampant, with a population of more than 1.5 billion, died.
The scientist Yuan Longping, who was known as the man who used to have a one-child policy due to his dense population and who had difficulty feeding his people, came to the rescue of China and the world.
Hoping not only to China but to many developing or poor countries, Longping had become a hope against hunger by developing the first hybrid rice variety.
Yuan Longping, who learned to have died at the age of 91, was known as China’s best rice scientist.
According to reports in the Chinese press, Longping, 91, died today at 1 pm, local time in China.
Yuan longping Father of hybrid rice
The hybrid rice type that he developed in 1973 was so productive that it became a hope for the Chinese people, who were poor at that time. Thanks to this type of rice that spread to the world rapidly after China, many countries had an advantage in the fight against hunger with this high-yielding rice.
Nicknamed “the father of hybrid rice”, Longping has grown this type of rice in dozens of countries in Africa, America and Asia. It has become a food source for many regions with a high risk of famine.
While 56.9 million tons of rice could be produced in China in 1950, today this number has exceeded 195 million tons.
Longping, who was born on May 7, 1930, never stopped working despite his advanced age and said in a statement in 2014 that he was working on genetically modified food.
Longping’s name was given to 4 meteorites and one university.
Yuan Longping was a Chinese agronomist known for developing the first hybrid rice varieties in the 1970s. Hybrid rice has since been grown in dozens of countries in Africa, America, and Asia, providing a solid food source in areas at high risk of famine.
- Born: September 7, 1930 in Beijing, China
- Date and place of death: May 22, 2021
- Spouse: Deng Ze (m.1964)
- Education: High School Affiliated to Nanjing Normal University
- Children: Yuan Ding’an
- Books: Technology of Hybrid Rice Production