Father of India's Green Revolution MS Swaminathan, passes away at 98
By siliconindia | Thursday, 28 September 2023, 02:15:09 PM IST
Visionary scientist and father of the Green Revolution in India, Dr. Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan, passed away. The Padma Bhushan awardee, popularly known as MS Swaminathan, passed away at Chennai at the age of 98. He is survived by his three daughters, Soumya, Madhura and Nitya. His wife, Mina predeceased him. Dr Swaminathan’s nephew, “He breathed his last at 11.15 a.m. today. He had not been keeping well for the last 15 days.”
Dr Swaminathan was born in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, on August 7, 1925. He had his schooling there. His father was MK Sambasivan, a medical doctor and his mother was Parvathi Thangammal. He did his graduation from the University College, Thiruvananthapuram and later from the Agricultural College, Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu Agricultural University). He had worked closely with two agriculture ministers of the country, C Subramanian and Jagjivan Ram for the success of the Green Revolution.
The Green Revolution was a program that paved the way for a huge growth in the production of rice and wheat through the adaptation of chemical–biological technology. Dr Swaminathan was a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha from 2007 to 2013 and had raised several issues concerning agriculture and farming in India. He was awarded the first World Food Prize in 1987, following which he set up the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin condoled the passing away of the eminent agriculture scientist.
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