KHAN, Zeyaur R. (Prof.)

Field: Agricultural sciences
Gender: Male
Country: India

Prof. Zeyaur R. Khan, is a distinguished agricultural scientist and a professional entomologist working for the last 20 years as a Principal Scientist and Leader of Habitat Management Programme with the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Kenya.

Prof. Khan has dedicated his 32 year career as an international agricultural scientist to advancing the science and practice of agriculture by studying and applying chemical ecology, behavior, plant-plant and insect-plant interactions to improve farm productivity to combat poverty and food insecurity in Africa.

He is responsible for the discovery and wide scale implementation of the Push-Pull technology (www.push-pull.net), and its subsequent adaptation to climate change for enhancing food security and environmental sustainability for small-holder cereal-livestock African farmers.

Prof. Khan’s work is a wonderful example demonstrating that creativity and innovation in science can provide practical solutions for the real problems of thousands of small-holder poor farmers and promote their food security and sustainable livelihoods. More than 500,000 people in about 57,000 households are now food secure through adoption of push-pull Technology. Prof. Khan’s goal is to end hunger and poverty for 10 million people by extending the Push-Pull technology to 1 million households in sub-Saharan Africa by 2020.

Prof. Khan obtained his Ph.D. from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi in 1980. Before joining icipe, he worked with International Rice Research Institute (1983-1991), University of Wisconsin, Madison (1985-1986) and Kansas State University, Manhattan (1991-1993). Since 2009, Prof. Khan also holds a position of Visiting Professor of entomology at Cornell University. Prof. Khan is a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America and the Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, London. In 2012 icipe has awarded Prof. Khan its highest honour by designating him as the first Thomas Risley Odhiambo Distinguished Research Fellow in recognition of his outstanding achievements in agricultural sciences.

In 2011, the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) named Prof. Khan as a co-winner of 2012 TWAS Prize in Agriculture for his discovery and wide scale implementation of the push-pull technology. In 2010, Prof. Khan was named  Distinguished Scientist by the Entomological Society of America. In the same year he won the Nan-Yao Su Award for Innovation and Creativity in Entomology.

In 2010, Prof. Khan was elected as a council member of the International Congress of Entomology. In 2009 Prof. Khan was awarded the International IPM excellence award. In 2008, Prof. Khan was invited to present a plenary talk entitled “Push-Pull - a chemical ecology-based IPM strategy for small-holder farmers in Africa” during the XXIII International Congress of Entomology held in Durban, South Africa. In 2012 he was an invited speaker at UK’s Royal Society Scientific Discussion meeting on Food Security and was also a 2012 Sawicki Lecture Honoured Speaker, at Rothamsted Research, UK

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Sreenivasan, R. Katepalli, Prof

Associate Fellow of AAS since 2006,
Engineering – Fluid Dynamic
Born in 1946, India – USA

Prof Sreenivasan was educated in India (PhD in 1985), Australia (post-doctoral at University of Sydney 1975 – 1977), and USA (post-doctoral at Johns Hopkins University).

He has a 22 year-teaching and research experience at Yale University (1978-1992 at the Department of Engineering and Applied Science) where he became Professor (1985).

His research interests include fluid mechanics and turbulence, complex fluids, nonlinear and nonequilibrium phenomena and cryogenic helium. He has been Director of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)of Italy and Director of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the University of Maryland. He has served as member of the Centre for Computational  Ecology at Yale University and member of School of Mathematics Institute for Advance Study at Princeton; Chairman  of Mechanical Engineering Department and Chairman of the Council of Engineering at Yale University.

He has also served as editorial Board member of the American Scientist and of the Proceeding of the Indian Academy of Science series C (sadhana), member of the Advisory Board of Springer Book Series on Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics, Editor of the Journal of Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics .

He is member of TWAS, American Academy of Arts and Science, Indian Academy of Science and severeal other professional societies. He has national, regional and international awards and recognitions and; has 200 publications (2005)

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Namrita Lall, Prof

Associate Fellow of AAS since 2014
Social Phytomedicine
Born in 1968

Prof Lall has been placed in the Essential Science Indicators list of the top 1% of publication outputs (citations) in the pharmacology and taxicology disciplines.  She is internationally recognised as a knowledgeable person with regard to investigating the potential of South African medicinal plants.

Her accomplishments include:

  • Promotion to Associate Professor (1993)
  • Promotion to Full Professor (2001). 
  • Appointment as Senior Research Fellow, University of Pretoria. 
  • Senior Research Associate, Human Sciences Research Council.
  • Founding Member of Amoud University Somalia.

 Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards, etc
Honoured with the Order of Mapungubwe by the President of South Africa, Honourable President J.G Zumain April 2014 . She is also a winner of the Distinguished Women in Science AWARD for 2011 at national level. Prof Lall has also received an “UNESCO-L‟OREAL Award for Women in Science” in 2002.  Prof Lall has also received a prestigious United Kingdom Royal Society/National Research Foundation, South Africa and been Awarded with a “National Research Foundation/ Center National de La Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) postdoctoral fellowship” during 2004-05. In 2003, she was picked as 0ne of University’s “Young Exceptional Performers.”

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Dorairajan Balasubramanian, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2015
Biology of the Eye
Born in 1939

Prof Balasubramanian’s earlier work on the photochemistry of the eye lens revealed the mechanisms of formation of various tryptophan-photoproducts accumulating in the human lens with time, and the roles that each of them plays in situ on the structural features of the constituent lens proteins and the properties of the ageing lens. Recently, he has been looking at the functional role of the Greek key motifs in the βγ-crystallins in central nuclear transparency of the human lens and in congenital cataracts. 

In collaboration with cell biologists and corneal clinicians at the LVPEI, he has been coordinating adult stem cell biological studies in the eye, and translating them into therapy. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed research papers, contributed to two books in biotechnology, and has published 6 books in popular science. As a science popularize, he regularly writes a biweekly column: ’Speaking of Science” in a national newspaper of India, and also appears on TV.

He has won all the major science awards of India, the TWAS Prize for basic medical sciences, the Khwarizmi Award for Medical Sciences of Iran, and the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for popularization of Science. He is an elected Fellow of all Indian Science Academies (FNA, FASc, FNASc), of TWAS, of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the African Academy of Sciences and the Mauritian Acad. Sci & Tech. Mauritius. He has been President of the Indian Academy of Sciences (2007-2009) and Secretary General of TWAS (2003-2009).

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