The father of 'Green Revolution’, India's exceptional agricultural scientist M.S. Swaminathan, passed away.

By: MeriKheti
Published on: 29-Sep-2023

Father of Green Revolution in India, M.S. Swaminathan ji passed away on September 28, 2023 at 11.20 am in Chennai. Inspired by his father, he made many important contributions in the field of agriculture.


Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan, a well-known agricultural scientist and the founder of the country's 'Green Revolution', died on September 28, 2023, at 11.20 a.m., at his home in Chennai. Swaminathan was 98 years old when he died. He has three daughters: Soumya Swaminathan, Madhura Swaminathan, and Nitya Rao. His wife, Meena Swaminathan, had already died.


Who inspired Dr Swaminathan to step into Agriculture

For your knowledge, Swaminathan was born on August 7, 1925 in Kumbakonam to MK Sambasivan, a surgeon, and Parvati Thangammal, and received his education there itself. Swaminathan, who had an interest in agricultural science, was encouraged to seek higher study in this subject by his father, who was a participant in the liberation fight, and also inspired by  Mahatma Gandhi. However, he previously worked for a position in the police department, for which he was qualified in the late 1940s. Swaminathan held two graduate degrees, one from the Agricultural College in Coimbatore (now Tamil Nadu Agricultural University).


Also to read: The Green Revolution led India to be the second largest producer of Wheat.


Dr. Swaminathan did special work on major crops of Green Revolution

Dr. Swaminathan collaborated closely with two Union Agriculture Ministers, C. Subramaniam (1964-67) and Jagjivan Ram (1967-70 and 1974-77), to ensure the success of the 'Green Revolution', which resulted in the establishment of several agricultural companies in India. Worked to put agricultural successes into action. He worked to increase wheat and rice productivity by heavy use of chemical-biological technologies. Norman Borlaug, a well-known American agricultural scientist and Nobel Prize laureate in 1970, made significant contributions to this field.