Dilbagh Singh Athwal

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Dilbagh Singh Athwal (12 October 1928 – 14 May 2017) was an Indian geneticist, plant breeder and agriculturist. He was known to have been a pioneering scientist in the research in plant breeding.[1]

Athwal was a former professor and the Head of the Department of Plant Breeding at Punjab Agricultural University and an associate of Norman Borlaug, the renowned biologist and Nobel Laureate,[2] with whom he has collaborated for the introduction of high-yielding dwarf varieties of Wheat.[3] He was well known as Father of Wheat Revolution, he was important in developing ‘PV 18’ in 1966 and the most popular amber grained wheat variety ‘Kalyansona’ in 1967.[4][5] In 1967, he joined International Rice Research Institute's management team and ultimately served as the Institute’s first deputy director general.[6][7]

Athwal died at his Princeton, New Jersey home on 14 May 2017 from complications of liver failure at the age of 88.[5][8]

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  1. "PAU to publish biographies of legendary scientists". Tribune India. 3 December 2015. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  2. "New Horizons in Wheat Production" (PDF). CIMMYT. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 9, 2016. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  3. Wheat, barley, and triticale cultivars: A list of publications in which national scientists have noted the cooperation or germplasm they received from CIMMYT. CIMMYT. 1997. pp. 32–. ISBN 978-970-648-055-2.
  4. "'Father of wheat revolution' D.S. Athwal passes away in US – Daily World". Archived from the original on 2017-08-25. Retrieved 2017-05-17.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "'Father of Wheat Revolution' DS Athwal passes away". Hindustan Times. 15 May 2017.
  6. "Our People - International Rice Research Institute". irri.org.
  7. Dilbagh Singh Athwal died in USA
  8. http://www.uniindia.com/-father-of-wheat-revolution--ds-athwal-is-no-more/states/news/871868.html