M. S. Swaminathan

Cambridge genetics graduate M. S. Swaminathan was born in India in 1925. Popularly known as "the godfather of the Green Revolution," which transformed agriculture in Asia, Prof. Swaminathan also served as president of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs and is a leading advocate of environmentally sustainable agriculture, sustainable food security and biodiversity preservation.

Professor Swaminathan was named one of the twenty most influential Asians of the 20th century by TIME magazine - the only other two from India being Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore. He was awarded the first World Food Prize in 1987.