Forrest Nielsen

In 1970, Nielsen was the first scientist hired at USDA’s new human nutrition research center in Grand Forks, North Dakota. In his 40 years with the center, his discoveries have established Nielsen as a leading expert on the nutritional importance and health benefits of mineral elements, notably boron, nickel and silicon. Since 2005, his research has focused on the nutritional importance of magnesium, particularly its effect on inflammation that leads to chronic diseases such as atherosclerosis, diabetes and osteoporosis. When not in the lab, Nelson is often globe-trotting: he and his wife have visited all seven continents.