M. S. Swaminathan

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M. S. Swaminathan
Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan - Kolkata 2013-01-07 2674.JPG
Swaminathan at the 100th Indian Science Congress
Born (1925-08-07) 7 August 1925 (age 93)
Kumbakonam
Madras Presidency
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Alma mater H H M University College Thiruvananthapuram
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Known for High-yielding varieties of wheat in India
Spouse(s) Mina Swaminathan
Children Soumya Swaminathan
Awards Padma Shri (1967)
Ramon Magsaysay (1971)
Padma Bhushan (1972)
Albert Einstein World Award of Science (1986)
Padma Vibhushan (1989)
World Food Prize (1987)
Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (1991)
Volvo Environment Prize (1999)
Indira Gandhi Peace Prize(1999)
Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration (2013)
Scientific career
Institutions MS Swaminathan Research Foundation
Influences Dr. Norman Borlaug

Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan (born 7 August 1925) is an Indian geneticist and international administrator.

Career[change | change source]

He is known for his leading role in India's Green Revolution a program under which high-yield varieties of wheat and rice seedlings were planted in the fields of poor farmers. Swaminathan is also known as "Indian Father of Green Revolution" for his leadership and success in creating and further developing varieties of wheat in India. He is the founder and chairman of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation.[1]

From 1972 to 1979 he was director general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. He was Principal Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture from 1979 to 1980. He served as Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (1982–88) and became president of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in 1988.

Honors[change | change source]

In 1999, Time magazine placed him in the 'Time 20' list of most influential Asian people of the 20th century.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. About Chairman. mssrf.org
  2. Asians of the Century: A Tale of Titans, TIME 100: 23–30 August 1999 VOL. 154 NO. 7/8

Other websites[change | change source]

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