Dr. Surinder Kumar Vasal

Born in Amritsar, Punjab, India on 12 April 1938. B.Sc., Khalsa College, Amritsar, 1957; M.Sc., Kanpur Agricultural College, 1959; Ph.D. IARI, 1966; Post-doctoral Fellow, CIMMYT, Mexico, 1970.

Distinguished Scientist, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Mexico to date.

Research Assistant, 1959-66, and Assistant Botanist Maize-cum-Assistant Professor, 1966-67, Department of Agriculture, H.P; Research Associate, Rockefeller Foundation, Thailand, 1967; International Staff, 1971-84, Germplasm Coordinator, 1985-90, Coordinator Lowland Tropical, 1991-98, Maize Program, CIMMYT, Mexico.

Awards/Honours: La Asociacion Mexicana de Semilleros 'Premio Cesar Garza' Award, 1993; International Service in Crop Science Award, 1996; International Agronomy Award, 1999; World Food Prize, 2000; Dr. M.S. Swaminathan Award by TAAS.

Fellow: American Society of Agronomy; Crop Science Society of America.

Research Areas: Plant breeding & genetics

Address: C2-2394, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi 110070; [Tel: Res. (011) 26132298; Cell: 9773948354; Email: svasal12@yahoo.com; skvasal@gmail.com]