Eminent agricultural scientist and chairman of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, M.S. Swaminathan, was on Friday conferred the second Mother Teresa Memorial Award instituted by the Indian Development Foundation (IDF), a non-governmental organisation working with leprosy patients.
The award and citation are an acknowledgment of Prof. Swaminathan's contributions as an outstanding scientist to alleviating hunger and his relentless advocacy of science with humanism.
Presenting the award, N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, said Prof. Swaminathan was a great scientist, humanist and leading thinker-writer who had been “able to, over the long term, bridge the gap between ideas and concepts and action.”