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Scrimshaw’s “revolutionary accomplishments over six decades in fighting protein, iodine, and iron deficiencies, developing nutritional supplements, educating generations of experts, and building support for continued advances in food quality have made substantial improvements in the lives of millions throughout the world,” according to the 1991 World Food Prize.

Scrimshaw left a postdoc at the University of Rochester to move his family to Guatemala where he began a seven-decade career alleviating malnutrition and hunger in developing countries by founding the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP).

He later founded the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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