Norman Borlaug, the agronomist whose wheat varieties were credited with saving a billion people worldwide from starvation, is being honored posthumously. The 100-year anniversary of the Iowa native’s birth will be March 25, 2014, and plans to celebrate his birthday include placing a seven-foot statue of him in the U.S. Capitol building. 

Monetary gifts from DuPont Pioneer and an anonymous donor helped hire artist Benjamin Victor to create the statue.

Borlaug is one of only six people who have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. He died in 2009 at the age of 95.