Madhav Gadgil

Professor Chairman

CENTRE FOR ECOLOGICAL SCIENCES BIODIVERSITY UNIT Indian Institute of Science Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research Bangalore 560012, India. Jakkur, Bangalore 560064, India. Phone: (91-80) 3340985 Phone: (91-80) 8462750-57 Fax : (91-80) 3341683 Fax : (91-80) 8462766 Email: madhav@ces.iisc.ernet.in Email: madhav@jnc.iisc.ernet.in

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Madhav Gadgil (born 1942) studied biology at Universities of Poona and Bombay before doing a Ph.D. thesis in the area of mathematical ecology at Harvard University. He has been an IBM Fellow of the Computing Centre, Research Fellow in Applied Mathematics and a Lecturer in Biology at Harvard University. Since 1973 he has worked at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore where he is currently a Professor of Ecological Sciences. He has also served as a Visiting Professor at Stanford and as a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include population biology, conservation biology, human ecology and ecological history and he has published over 150 research papers and two books. Two of his research papers have been recognized as citation clasics. He was awarded the National Environmental Fellowship in recognition of his field research on the people-environment relationship on the hill chain of Western Ghats in India, where he has been involved in the establishment of the country's first biosphere reserve. He has been active in ecodevelopment oriented participatory research with a number of voluntary organizations. He writes and broadcasts extensively in Indian languages as well in English on environmental issues and has been working with popular science movements. He served as a member of the Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India from 1986-90. He represents the Government of India on the Subsidiary Body on Science, Technical and Technological Advice to the International Convention on Biological Diversity. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy, Third World Academy of Sciences, a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and an honorary member of the British Ecological Society. He has been awarded the Pew Scholars Award in Conservation and the Environment for the year 1993. He is a recipient of the Shantiswarup Bhatnagar Award for Biological Sciences and the Vikram Sarabhai Award of the Indian Council of Social Science Research. He was awarded Padmashri by the President of India and the Rajyotsava Award by the Government of Karnataka.

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