Dr. Mohan Chandra Saxena
Foreign Fellow, Elected 1995
Born in Dholpur, India on 22 January 1938. Educated at Balwant Rajput College, Agra, 1953-59; Indian Agricultural research Institute, New Delhi, 1959-62; Institute of Plant Nutrition, University of Hohenheim, Germany, 1963-65; B.Sc. 1957; M.Sc. 1959; Ph.D. 1962; Dr. Agr. 1965.
Senior Advisor to the Director General, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Aleppo, Syria, 2005 to date; Executive Secretary, International Dryland Development Commission, 2004 to date; Adjunct Professor (Agronomy), IARI, New Delhi, 2012 to date.
Pool Officer (CSIR), IARI, New Delhi, 1965-66; Scientific Officer, Biology Division, Bhaba Institute of Atomic Energy, Bombay, 1966-67; Associate Professor, Agronomy, GBPUAT, 1967-72; Principal Investigator (Pulses Agronomy, Crop Physiology, and Microbiology), All India Coordinated Pulses Improvement Program, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, 1971-77; Coordinator, All India Coordinated Soybean Program, ICAR, 1973-77, Professor of Agronomy, 1972-77, and Director of Research, 1976-77, GBPUAT; Crop Physiologist/Agronomist, 1977-81, Leader Food Legume Improvement Program, 1981-94, Leader, Germplasm Program, 1994-95, Assistant Director General (Research), 1995-97, and Assistant Director General (At Large), 1997-2005, ICARDA; Visiting Professor, Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University, Tottori, Japan, 2006-07 and 2008-09.
Awards/Honours: ICARDA Outstanding Services Achievement Award 1997; D.Sc.(h.c.) CS Azad Univ., Kanpur, 2001, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Univ., Meerut, 2003, and GB Pant Univ. of A&T, Pantnagar, 2007; Indian Society of Agronomy Gold Medal, 2001; Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development Gold Medal, 2003; TAAS Prof.M.S. Swaminathan Award for Leadership in Agriculture, 2012; Honorary Fellowship of the Crop Science Society of America, 2011; Lifetime Achievement Award, International Dryland Development Commission (IDDC), 2013. Life-time Achievement Award, Indian Soceity of Agronomy, 2016; Lifetime Achievement Award, Indian Soceity of Pulses Research & Development, 2017.
Fellow: Indian Society of Agronomy; Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development; American Society of Agronomy.
Research Areas: Crop physiology; soil-water-plant relations; pulses agronomy; dryland agriculture
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