Dilbagh Singh Athwal, Indian geneticist and agriculturist, Died at 89


Dilbagh Singh Athwal was born on October 12, 1928, and died on May 14, 2017.

He was an Indian geneticist, plant breeder, and agriculturist,

He was well known to have conducted pioneering research in plant breeding.

Athwal was a former professor and the Head of the Department of Plant Breeding at Punjab Agricultural University and an associate of Norman Borlaug, the renowned biologist and Nobel Laureate, with whom he has collaborated for the introduction of high-yielding dwarf varieties of Wheat.

He was famously known as Father of Wheat Revolution, he was instrumental in developing ‘PV 18’ in 1966 and the most popular amber grained wheat variety ‘Kalyansona’ in 1967.

He died at New Jersey, USA.

Dilbagh Singh Athwal passed away at 89 years old.