Canadian honour for M.S. Swaminathan

Canadian honour for M.S. Swaminathan

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Vancouver: M.S. Swaminathan, one of the pioneers of the Green Revolution in India, will receive an honorary doctorate from Canada's University of Alberta for his contribution to food security in the world.

The Edmonton-based university, which has forged strong relationship with India thanks to its Sri Lankan-born president Indira Samarasekera, said the world-renowned Indian agriculture scientist will receive the honorary degree October 7.

He will also deliver the annual Bentley Lecture on Sustainable Agriculture and the Lester Pearson Memorial Lecture the same day.

Described as "the father of economic ecology" by the UN Environment Programme, Swaminathan will speak on "Food Safety and Security in an Era of Climate Change" at the university.

Announcing the honour for the 85-year-old scientist, Nat Kav, associate dean of the faculty of agricultural, life and environmental sciences, said: "His contributions have been in the areas of science, in plant breeding and genetics, followed by taking that science to the level of the farmer and being concerned about gender equity and being concerned about the poorest of the poor and that's what I think makes him stand out."

"In this day and age, with climate change and everything else looming and threatening our food security, he has always advocated for sustainable agriculture and what he calls an 'evergreen revolution', which is not just sustainable today but generations beyond."

Chancellor Linda Hughes said the university is delighted to have the opportunity of bestowing the honorary doctorate on Swaminathan, adding that "his legacy reminds all of us of the power of one person to uplift an entire society".

Praising the scientist, a university statement said, "Swaminathan created an agricultural revolution in India in the 1960s, when he pioneered techniques to crossbreed a dwarf Mexican seed with Japanese seeds and local Indian varieties of wheat. As head of the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines for seven years, Swaminathan and his colleagues then used the same techniques to modify rice seeds with similar results."
Source: IANS
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1: Congratulation for such appreciable work, he is really entitled for many prestigious awards.
Posted by:sudha asthana - 04 Sep, 2010
Hearty congratulations Dr.M.S.Swaminathan Sir. Awards and recognition have become a routine feature in Dr.Swaminathan's Career. Except Nobel Prize he won almost every coveted Prize and Honour in Science.I have had the privilege of knowing and interacting with the great scientist for over 4 decades.
Here is a list of awards and honour bestowed on Dr.M.S.Swaminathan FRS.

Dr.M.S.Swaminathan holds 58 honorary Doctorate degrees from universities around the world.
National Awards

He has been honored with several awards in India for his work to benefit the country.
Karmaveer Puraskaar Noble Laureates, March,2007 by iCONGO- Confederation of NGOs.
Dupont-Solae Award for his contribution to the field of food and nutrition security 2004 Life Time Achievement Award from BioSpectrum 2003
Indira Gandhi Gold Plaque by the Asiatic Society for his significant contribution towards human progress. 2002
Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace Disarmament and Development for his outstanding contribution in the domain of plant genetics and ensuring food security to hundreds of millions of citizens in the developing world. This prestigious award honors those outstanding global citizens who have made a significant contribution to humanity’s material and cultural progress. 2000
The Indian National Science Academy awarded him Millennium Scientist Award 2001 Asutosh Mookerjee Memorial Award for 1999–2000 Shatabdi Puraskar award in the field of Agricultural Sciences 1999 Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Award 1992 B.P. Pal Memorial Award of the 1998 Meghnad Saha Medal 1981 Silver Jubilee Commemoration Medal for contributions to genetics and agricultural research 1971.
Lokmanya Tilak Award by the Tilak Smarak Trust in recognition of his contribution to the green revolution in India and for his outstanding scientific and environmental works. 2001
Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace Disarmament and Development in recognition of creative efforts toward promoting international peace development and a new international economic order ensuring that scientific discoveries are used for the larger good of humanity and enlarging the scope of freedom. 2000
Millennium Alumnus Award by the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University 2000
Prof P N Mehra Memorial Award 1999
Legend in his Lifetime Award by the World Wilderness Trust- India 1999
Dr. B.P. Pal Medal for unique contributions to agricultural research and development of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences India 1997
V. Gangadharan Award for outstanding contributions to National Development 1997
Dr. B.P. Pal Medal for unique contributions to agricultural research and development of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences India 1997
V. Gangadharan Award for outstanding contributions to National Development 1997
Lal Bahadur Shastri Deshgaurav Samman 1992
Dr. J.C. Bose Medal Bose Institute 1989
Krishi Ratna Award for devotion to the cause of agroscience and for being the benefactor of the farming community instituted by the Bharat Krishak Samaj (Indian Farmer's Society)/World Agriculture Fair Memorial Trust Society, and presented by President Giani Zail Singh of India 1986
Rathindranath Tagore Prize of Visva Bharati University 1981
R.D. Misra Medal of the Indian Environmental Society 1981
Barclay Medal of the Asiatic Society for contributions to genetics 1978
Moudgil Prize of the Bureau of Indian Standards for contributions to standardisation 1978
Birbal Sahni Medal of the Indian Botanical Society for contributions to Applied Botany 1965.
Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award for contributions to Biological Sciences 1961
International Awards
He has been honored with recognition from several international organizations for spreading the benefits of his work to other countries.
UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Gold Medal for his outstanding work in extending the benefits of biotechnology to marginalized and poverty-stricken populations in developing countries and in securing a sound basis for sustainable agricultural environmental and rural development 1999
Henry Shaw Medal awarded by the Board of Trustees of the Missouri Botanical Garden in consideration of important service to humanity through emphasis on sustainability in agriculture - USA 1998
Ordre du Merite Agricole Govt of France to honour services of the highest quality rendered to the cause of agriculture 1997
Highest award for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, Govt of China for outstanding contributions to the lofty cause of environmental protection and development and for his signal accomplishments in the field of international cooperation 1997
Global Environmental Leadership Award for encouraging village-level responses to environmental issues by the Climate Institute 1995
World Academy of Art and Science 1994
Asian Regional Award by the Asian Productivity Organization APO 1994
Charles Darwin International Science and Environment Medal 1993
Commandeur of the Order of the Golden Ark of the Netherlands 1990
The VOLVO Environment Prize for his outstanding research and devoted work in turning Indian food production from a deficit to a much increased supply. 1990.
Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) international award for significant contributions to promoting the knowledge skill and technological empowerment of women in agriculture and for his pioneering role in mainstreaming gender considerations in agriculture and rural development 1985.
Bicentenary Medal of the University of Georgia U.S.A. 1985
Bennett Commonwealth Prize of the Royal Society of Arts for significant contributions to Household Nutrition Security 1984
Mendel Memorial Medal of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences for contributions to Plant Genetics 1965
Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore (AP)

Posted by:Dr.A.Jagadeesh - 04 Sep, 2010