is the birthday of Elvin Stakman, a U.S. plant pathologist born in 1885 who developed ways to combat crop diseases and helped spur international cooperation in this area.
After investigating the behavior and control of fungal lead rust in cereals at the University of Minnesota, Stakman became involved in international scientific affairs. He pleaded for a joint U.S.-Mexico research station devoted to the improvement of corn, which was established in 1943 and eventually grew into a worldwide network of research stations under the International Center for Corn and Wheat Improvement, an organization that aims to improve food production in developing nations. In addition to writing many scientific papers, Stakman was a co-author of the 1967 book "Campaign Against Hunger." He died in 1979.
[Source: Britannica Online]