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Luther Burbank

Horticulturist Luther Burbank

Profession: Horticulturist

United States of America

Biography: Luther Burbank developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants including a successful breed of Shasta daisy, fire poppy and a natural genetic variant of the Burbank potato, later known as the Russet Burbank potato.

The Russet Burbank potato is now the most widely grown potato in North America and is famously used for McDonald's french fries.

Born: March 7, 1849
Birthplace: Lancaster, Massachusetts, USA
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: April 11, 1926 (aged 77)
Cause of Death: Gastrointestinal complications

Historical Events

  • 1964-06-19 Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, home of the famous horticulturist, is designated a National Historical Landmark in Santa Rosa, California

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