John Boyd Orr

(John Boyd Orr, 1st Baron Boyd Orr of Brechin Mearns)

John Boyd Orr
John Boyd Orr
  • Born: September 23, 1880
  • Died: June 25, 1971
  • Nationality: Scottish
  • Profession: Politician

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John Boyd Orr, 1st Baron Boyd Orr of Brechin Mearns, CH, DSO, MC, FRS, FRSE, styled Sir John Boyd Orr from 1935 to 1949, was a Scottish teacher, medical doctor, biologist and politician who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his scientific research into nutrition and his work as the first Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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After the First World War the economic problem was no longer one of production. It was the problem of finding markets to get the output of industry and agriculture dispersed and consumed. War & Peace
As I have tried to show, science, in producing the airplane and the wireless, has created a new international political environment to which governments must adjust their foreign policies. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
As we have seen, the wireless and the airplane have made the world so small and nations so dependent on each other that the only alternative to war is the United States of the World. War & Peace
During the last war when there was a market for everything that could be produced, the production capacity of Canada and the United States, which were outside the battle area, increased one hundred percent. War & Peace
Empires won by conquest have always fallen either by revolt within or by defeat by a rival.
However difficult it may be to bring it about, some form of world government, with agreed international law and means of enforcing the law, is inevitable. Government
If the views I have expressed be right, we can think of our civilization evolving with the growth of knowledge from small wandering tribes to large settled law. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
In recent times, European nations, with the use of gunpowder and other technical improvements in warfare, controlled practically the whole world. One, the British Empire, brought under one government a quarter of the earth and its inhabitants. Government
In the last fifty years science has advanced more than in the 2,000 previous years and given mankind greater powers over the forces of nature than the ancients ascribed to their gods. Nature ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
In the last five or six thousand years, empires one after another have arisen, waxed powerful by wars of conquest, and fallen by internal revolution or attack from without.
It is said that those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. It may well be that a war neurosis stirred up by propaganda of fear and hatred is the prelude to destruction. War & Peace
Measured in time of transport and communication, the whole round globe is now smaller than a small European country was a hundred years ago. Time
Nearly every country in the world is now becoming industrialized as rapidly as it can.
Our civilization has evolved through the continuous adjustment of society to the stimulus of new knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Society
Our civilization is now in the transition stage between the age of warring empires and a new age of world unity and peace. War & Peace
Science has produced such powerful weapons that in a war between great powers there would be neither victor nor vanquished. Both would be overwhelmed in destruction. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;War & Peace
Some think the worst horrors of war might be avoided by an international agreement not to use atomic bombs. This is a vain hope. Hope ;War & Peace
Some wars have been due to the lust of rulers for power and glory, or to revenge to wipe out the humiliation of a former defeat. Power
The history of our civilization has been one of intermittent war. History ;War & Peace
The increase of territory and power of empires by force of arms has been the policy of all great powers, and it has always been possible to get the approval of their state religion. Power ;Religion & God
The real evil of the Russian communist state is not communism. It is the secret police and the concentration camp.
There can be no peace in the world so long as a large proportion of the population lack the necessities of life and believe that a change of the political and economic system will make them available. World peace must be based on world plenty. Life ;War & Peace
Though the general principles of statecraft have survived the rise and fall of empires, every increase in knowledge has brought about changes in the political, economic, and social structure. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
We are now physically, politically, and economically one world and nations so interdependent that the absolute national sovereignty of nations is no longer possible.
When the fabric of society is so rigid that it cannot change quickly enough, adjustments are achieved by social unrest and revolutions. Society
When the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century brought a rapid increase in wealth, the demand of workers for a fair share of the wealth they were creating was conceded only after riots and strikes.