Mankombu Sambasivan (MS) Swaminathan

May 11, 2016

MS swaminathanGeneticist and international administrator

MS Swaminathan is an Indian geneticist and international administrator, renowned for his leading role in India’s Green Revolution. Swaminathan is known as “Indian Father of Green Revolution” for his leadership and success in introducing and further developing high-yielding varieties of wheat in India. Swaminathan is the founder and chairman of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation whose vision is to rid the world of hunger and poverty. Swaminathan is an advocate of an “evergreen revolution” using environmentally sustainable agriculture, sustainable food security and the preservation of biodiversity.

From 1972 to 1979 Swaminathan was director general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research,  was Principal Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture from 1979 to 1980 and 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. In 1999, Time magazine placed him in the ‘Time 20’ list of most influential Asian people of the 20th century.