Saumya Swaminathan is the Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization. She is also a Pediatrician and Clinical Scientist who is known for her research in tuberculosis and HIV.Soumya grew up in a family and environment where education and science were the main pillars. Her family lived on the campus of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute. C.V. Raman and Vikram Sarabhai were their frequent home guest.Soumyas father, Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan, is known as the father of the Green Revolution. He is the person behind the introduction and further development of high-yielding varieties of wheat and rice. He also started a research foundation in Chennai named M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, whose chairperson is Soumyas sister, Dr Madhura Swaminathan. TheEconomicTimes Soumya Swaminathan standing in front of her fathers research foundation.
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