Thursday, August 7, 2014

Blessings from Prof. M.S. Swaminathan

Team IDF called on Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, Chairman Emeritus, MSSR Foundation at Taramani, Chennai on 8th Aug 2014 and conveyed birthday greetings. Prof. M.S.Swaminathan, the father of Green Revolution in India celebrated his 89th birthday on 7th Aug 2014. Team IDF (Dr. ARK Pillai, Dr. Narayan Iyer, Dr. S. Franklin and Mr. S. Sreeram) gave an update on IDF national programmes and received blessings from Prof. M.S. Swaminathan.

Prof. M S Swaminathan has been described by the United Nations Environment Programme as “the Father of Economic Ecology” and by Javier Perez de Cuellar, Secretary General of the United Nations, as “a living legend who will go into the annals of history as a world scientist of rare distinction”.

A plant geneticist by training, Prof. Swaminathan’s contributions to the agricultural renaissance of India have led to his being widely referred to as the scientific leader of the green revolution movement. In 1999, Time magazine placed him in the Time 20 list of most influential Asian people of the 20th century.

Prof. Swaminathan is a Fellow of many of the leading scientific academies of India and the world, including the Royal Society of London and the U S National Academy of Sciences. He has received over 60 honorary doctorate degrees from universities around the world.

Indian Development Foundation had conferred on him the prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial Award in Oct 2010 for his outstanding contributions as leader of the Green Revolution movement, piloting leprosy elimination efforts and championing for a hunger-free India.

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