Monkombu S. Swaminathan
M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation
1980, Chairman, UN Science Advisory Committee; 1981-85, Independent Chairman, FAO Council; 1984-90, President, International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources; 1989-96, President, World Wide Fund for Nature, India; 1991-96 and 2005-07, President, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences; 2002-07, President, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs; 2004-06, Chairman, National Commission on Farmers. Since May 2007, Member, Rajya Sabha Indian Parliament, nominated by Indian government for scientific contribution in agriculture and sustainable food security. Fellow: Royal Society, London; US National Academy of Sciences. Recipient of 58 honorary doctorates. One of 20 most influential Asians of 20th century, Time magazine; one of the 60 most eminent Indians, India Today. Recipient of numerous awards including: Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development (2000); Franklin D Roosevelt Four Freedoms Medal; Mahatma Gandhi Prize, UNESCO (2000); Lal Bahadur Sastri National Award (2007).