Renowned Agricultural Scientist M.S. Swaminathan Passes Away at 98 in Chennai

Renowned Agricultural Scientist M.S. Swaminathan Passes Away at 98 in Chennai

 

On 28 September 2023, India lost the eminent agricultural scientist, Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, who had played a vital role in the country’s ‘Green Revolution.’ He passed away at the age of 98, following a period of illness related to his advanced age. Dr. Swaminathan, who was highly respected in the field of agriculture, left behind a legacy of pioneering work that significantly impacted the nation.
In 1987, Professor Swaminathan was honored with the first-ever World Food Prize, a testament to his extraordinary contributions to the field of agriculture, recognized globally. His work played a pivotal role in transforming the lives of millions and ensuring food security for the nation.
Dr. Swaminathan’s passing drew condolences from across the nation, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing his deep sorrow. The Prime Minister noted that the agricultural scientist’s unparalleled contributions had changed countless lives and secured food security for the nation. PM Modi also mentioned that Dr. Swaminathan’s passion for witnessing India’s progress was truly inspirational and that his life and work would continue to inspire future generations.
Dr. Swaminathan received numerous awards throughout his illustrious career, including the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1971 and the Albert Einstein World Science Award in 1986. He was also recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the twenty most influential Asians of the 20th century, further underscoring his remarkable impact.
Dr. Swaminathan was predeceased by his wife, Mina Swaminathan, who passed away last year. His daughter, Soumya Swaminathan, serves as the Chief Scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO) and has been in the spotlight for her work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The passing of Dr. M.S. Swaminathan marks the end of an era in Indian agriculture and science, but his legacy as the “Father of the Green Revolution” lives on. His pioneering work in the field of agriculture continues to influence and guide future generations, ensuring food security and sustainable agricultural practices in India.

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