Benjamin Peary Pal

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Benjamin Peary Pal
Benjamin Peary Pal 2008 stamp of India.jpg
Born (1906-05-26)26 May 1906
Died 14 September 1989(1989-09-14) (aged 83)
Alma mater
Scientific career
Fields Plant breeding
Institutions Indian Council of Agricultural Research

Benjamin Peary Pal, FRS (26 May 1906 – 14 September 1989) was the first Director of Indian Council of Agricultural Research. He was one of the foremost scientists in Wheat genetics and breeding.[2]


Pal completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees at Rangoon University and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge.[3]

Awards and honours

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1972. He was a bachelor and donated his property to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1959, the Padma Bhushan in 1968[4] and the Padma Vibhushan in 1987.[1][5][6][7]


  1. ^ a b Swaminathan, M. S. (1996). "Benjamin Peary Pal 26 May 1906 – 14 September 1989". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 42: 266–274. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1996.0017.
  2. ^ "Agriculture" (PDF). Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Dr Benjamin Peary Pal". Indian National Science Academy. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  5. ^ Biography of Benjamin Peary Pal.
  6. ^ Benjamin Peary Pal (2007). Search for New Genes. Academic Foundation. pp. 19–. ISBN 978-81-7188-632-6.
  7. ^ "Padma Vibhushan Awardees". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
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