Professor MS Swaminathan has been acclaimed by TIME magazine as one of the twenty most influential Asians of the 20th century and one of the only three from India, the other two being Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore. He was Chairman of the UN Science Advisory Committee set up in 1980; Independent Chairman of the FAO Council, President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources and Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. He also served as Chairman of the National Commission on Farmers and is currently a nominated Member of the Rajya Sabha. He was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1971, the Albert Einstein World Science Award in 1986, and the first World Food Prize in 1987.
Prof Swaminathan is a Fellow of many leading scientific academies including the Royal Society of London and the US NAS. Received 66 honorary doctorate degrees around the world. He currently holds the UNESCO Chair in Ecotechnology at MSSRF in Chennai, India.