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. 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".
  5. 5.0 5.1 "'Father of Wheat Revolution' DS Athwal passes away". https://www.hindustantimes.com/. 15 May 2017. External link in |website= (help)
  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