Dr. P. Pushpangadan

Born in Quilon, India on 23 January 1944. Educated at S.N.D.P High School, 1961; S.N. College, Quilon 1962-65; Aligarh Muslim University, 1966-75; M.Sc. 1970; M.Phil. 1972; Ph.D. 1975.

Hon.Director General, Amity Institute for Herbal and Biotech Products Development, Trivandrum, March to date.

Scientific Assistant, Scientist, Project Coordinator & Chief Project Co-ordinator of All India Coordinated Research Project in Ethnobiology, Regional Research Laboratory, Jammu, 1969-90; Director, Trop. Botanic Garden and Research Institute, Trivandrum, 1990-99; Director, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, 1994; Director & Additional Secretary, Science, Technology & Environment Department, Govt. of Kerala, 1995; Director, Central Institute for Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, 2001; Director, National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, 1999-2006.

Awards/Honours: Dingra Memorial Award, 1980, 1983; Borlaug Award, 1998; Best Overall Science Promoters National Award, 1998; Swadesh National Award, 1999; John W. Harshberger Medal, 2001; Paryavaran Ratna, 2001; Wistex Foundation Award, 2002; UN-Equator Initiative Prize, 2002; Creativity & Innovation Samman, 2005; Ayurved Gaurav Award, 2009; Padma Shri Award, 2010; Glory of India (Gold Medalist), 2018, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Memorial -NABS -Life time achievement award, 2020, Global India Excellence Achievement Award 2021, Delhi

Fellow: National Academy of Sciences, India; Ethnobotany Society of India; National Society of Ethnopharmacology; National Environmental Science Academy; Biotech Research Society of India; International Society for Noni Science; International Society of Environmental Botanists

Research Areas: Conservation biology, cytogenetics & plant breeding, molecular taxonomy, ethnobiology & ethnopharmacology

Address: Hon. Director General, Amity Institute for Herbal and Biotech Products Development, 3 Ravi Nagar, Ambalamukkum, Peroorkada P.O., Trivandrum 695005, Kerala; Sreesailam, TC x/910, VRA-179, Mannamoola, Peroorkada PO, Trivandrum 695005, Kerala; [Tel: Cell: 9895066816; 9447678772; Fax: (0471) 2432148; Email: palpuprakulam@yahoo.co.in]