M. S. Swaminathan, a renowned agricultural scientist and the father of India’s green revolution, died on Thursday at 98 in Chennai, the capital city of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Swaminathan previously served as director general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and secretary to the government of India, Department of Agricultural Research and Education between 1972 and 1979.
Swaminathan’s contributions to agriculture have revolutionized food security in India and earned him global recognition.
He has advocated sustainable farming practices which made him a world leader in the field of sustainable food security.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief at his death, saying his ground-breaking work in agriculture transformed the lives of millions and ensured India’s food security.