Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan – Kolkata 2013-01-07 2674. Indian geneticist and international administrator, renowned for his leading role in India’s Green Revolution a program under which high-yield varieties of the foundations of the GEF pre-school education and rice seedlings were planted in the fields of poor farmers. From 1972 to 1979 he was director general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.
He was Principal Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture from 1979 to 1980. In 1999, Time magazine placed him in the ‘Time 20’ list of most influential Asian people of the 20th century. Swaminathan was born in Kumbakonam on 7 August 1925. He was the second son of surgeon Dr. Swaminathan learnt from his father, “that the word ‘impossible’ exists mainly in our minds and that given the requisite will and effort, great tasks can be accomplished. After his father’s death when he was 11, young Swaminathan was looked after by his uncle, M.
He attended the local high school and later the Catholic Little Flower High School in Kumbakonom, from which he matriculated at age 15. Coming from a family of doctors, he naturally took admission in a medical school. Swaminathan is married to Mina Swaminathan, whom he met in 1951 while they were both studying at Cambridge. They live in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
They have three daughters and five grandchildren. Soumya Swaminathan, the Deputy Director General of World Health Organization, Dr. Swaminathan then decided to pursue a career in agricultural sciences. New Delhi as a post-graduate student in genetics and plant breeding. He chose to accept the UNESCO Fellowship to continue his IARI research on potato genetics at the Wageningen Agricultural University, Institute of Genetics in the Netherlands.