Dr. M.S. Swaminathan : Biography


Became Rice Research Institute Director : 1.

In India Swaminathan married Mina Bhoothalingam, the daughter of a prominent economist and an educator and lecturer herself.

The couple raised three daughters; one became a pediatrician, one an economist specializing in the problems of landless families, and one a sociologist of rural life.

Taking a post as assistant botanist at the Central Rice Research Institute in the Indian state of Orissa, Swaminathan experimented with crossing rice varieties in order to create a new strain with increased yields.

Within six months he had moved to the Indian capital of New Delhi and to the IARI, where he had done research as a graduate student.

He ascended a professional ladder there, starting as assistant cytogeneticist, and becoming chief cytogeneticist in 1956, head of the botany division in 1961, and director of the division in July of 1966.

To be continued  ...

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