MS Swaminathan, Father of India’s Green Revolution, Passes away at 98 in Chennai

Chennai: The “Father of India’s Green Revolution” and renowned agricultural scientist MS Swaminathan passed away this morning 11.20 am in Chennai at the age of 98. Food security in India was revolutionized by Dr. Swaminathan’s ground-breaking contributions to agriculture, which brought him international acclaim.

He had been experiencing health issues for the past few weeks and passed away from an aging ailment. His daughter, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, reported that he passed away peacefully on Thursday morning.

His three daughters, Soumya Swaminathan, Madhura Swaminathan, and Nitya Swaminathan are his surviving family members. His lifelong commitment to sustainable agriculture will be remembered.

Plant geneticist Dr. Swaminathan’s career prepared the way for the Green Revolution, a pivotal period in Indian agriculture. He became a global pioneer in the area of sustainable food security thanks to his support for sustainable farming methods.

Swaminathan was the Director of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute from 1961 to 1972, the Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Agricultural Research and Education from 1972 to 1979, the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture from 1979 to 1980, the Acting Deputy Chairman and later Member (Science and Agriculture), Planning Commission from 1980 to 1982, and the Director General of the International Rice Research Institute, the Philipines.

He received numerous honors for his outstanding achievements, including the first-ever World Food Prize in 1987 and the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 1971. Additionally, in 1967, 1972, and 1989, he received the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Vibhushan awards.


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