Dr. M.S. Swaminathan :

Profile of Dr. M.S. Swaminathan

Swaminathan, Monkombu Sambasivam
Honorary Fellow – 2005
Agricultural Sciences & Forestry – Biodiversity-Ecodevelopment
DATE of BIRTH : 07-08-1925
Birth place :
Born in Kumbakonam, India

Educated in Madras and Cambridge Universities

Positions held :
Member Rajya Sabha, Govt. of India, UNESCO Cousteau Chair in Ecotechnology and Chairman, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Director, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, 1961-72; Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, 1972-79; Principal Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Govt. of India, 1979-80; Member, Planning Commission and Chairman, Scientific Adv. Committee to Cabinet, Govt. of India, 1980-82; Chairman, UN Science Advisory Committee, 1980; Independent Chairman, FAO Council, 1981-85; Director General, IRRI, Los Banos, Philippines, 1982-88; President, International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (India), 1989-96, Chairman, National Commission on Farmers of India, 2004-06; President, Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs.

Research Area:

Cytogenetics, Plant Breeding, agriculture, biodiversity and eco-development

Awards and fellowships :

Several Awards including Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, 1961; Ramon Magsaysay  Award for community Leadership, 1971; Albert Einstein World Science Award, 1986; First World Food Prize, 1987; UNESCO Gandhi Gold Medal, France, 1999; Franklin D Roosevelt Four Freedom Medal, Netherlands, 2000; Volvo and Tylor Prize for Environment; Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development, 2000; D.Sc.(h.c) from 58 Universities; Sahametrei Medal of Royal Govt. of Cambodia, 2007; Life Time Achievement Award of All Indian Management Association, 2007; Golden Peacock Life Time Achievement Award, 2007; Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award, 2007; Shining World Leadership Award, Singapore, 2007; ISCA Award, 2007-2008.
Indian Academy of Sciences, 1957; Indian National Science Academy, 1962; National Academy of Sciences, India, 1976; Royal Society, London, 1973; National Academy of Sciences, USA, 1977; Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, 1978; Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, 1983; National Academy of Arts and Sciences, USA, 1984; Academy Naz. Delle Sciencz detta del XL, Italy, 1985; European Academy of Arts, Science and Humanities, 1988; American Association for the Advancement of Science, Founder Fellow, TWAS, 1983.

Address :

Chairman, M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation, 3rd Cross Street, Taramani Institutional Area, Chennai – 600 113, Tamil Nadu;

Residence :

‘Dharini’, 11, Rathna Nagar, Teynampet, Chennai – 600 018, Tamil Nadu;
[O: 044-22541229/ 22542790; 011-23731688; R: 044-24345312; F: 044-22541319; chairman@mssrf.res.in; msswami@vsnl.net; swami@mssrf.res.in]

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