Dr. Vasantharaj Baliah David

Born in Insein, Myanmar on 17 November 1935. Educated at V.M. Board High School, Periyakulam 1947-51; The American College, Madurai 1951-53; Madras Agricultural College, Coimbatore 1953-56; Agricultural College & Research Institute, Coimbatore 1959-61. B.Sc. (Ag.) 1956; M.Sc. (Ag.) 1961; Ph.D. 1972; D.Sc. 1995.

Chairman, Scientific and Academic Board, International Institute of Biotechnology & Toxicology, Padappai, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu; and International Consultant (GLP), Rotam Research Laboratory, Kunshan, China.

Madras Agricultural Department 1956-59; Asst. Lecturer/ Lecturer in Entomology, Coimbatore 1961-68; Product Development Manager, Agrochemicals, Voltas Ltd., Mumbai 1975-81; Director, Fredrick Institute of Plant Protection & Toxicology, Padappai 1981-87; Executive Director (Development), Rhone Poulenc Agrochemicals India Ltd., Mumbai, 1987-91; Director (Development), Coromandel Indag Products India Ltd., Chennai 1999-2000, 1991-94; Director, Jai Research Foundation, Valvada (Gujarat) 1994-99; President, Sun Agro Biotech Research Centre, Chennai, 2003-10; Executive Director, Sun Agro Biosystem Pvt. Ltd., Chennai, 2000-10; Head, Centre for Toxicology & Developmental Research (CEFT), Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, 2013-2015.

Awards/Honours: The 30th Anniversary Scroll of Honour of the Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, Chennai; Society of Toxicology India Scroll of Honour; Smt. Sarada Memorial Award 1993-94; Goschen medal 1955; The Ramasastrulu Munagala gold medal; The V.C.Vellingiri Gounder gold medal; O.M. Lakshminarayana Reddy shield and medal; Felicitated by Agricultural University, Raipur and Applied Zoologists Research Association, 2008; Loyola Environmental Award, 2010; AAPMHE Life Time Achievement Award, 2010; Prof. P.K. Gupta Distinguished Scientist Lifetime Achievement Award in Toxicology of STOX, India, 2012; Late Gyan Prakash Memorial Award in Plant Protection; President, Applied Zoologists Research Association; Life Time Achievement Award-2016 in Agriculture and Allied Sciences by Samagara Vikas Welfare Society, Lucknow; Conferred with the EET CRS 5th Faculty Branding Award 2017 in the category International Achievement Award and the NABS- Leadership Award for 2016 by the National Academy of Biological Sciences, Chennai; Loyola Award for Social Concern 2017.

Fellow: Entomological Society of India; Plant Protection Association of India; Applied Zoologists Research Association; Society of Biosciences; Gujarat Science Academy; Madras Science Foundation; Society for Biocontrol Advancement; Entomology Academy of India; Royal Entomological Society, London; National Academy of Biological Sciences; Academy of Sciences for Animal Welfare; Association for Advancement of Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystem; Society of Plant Protection Sciences.

Research Areas: Taxonomy of Aleyrodidae, agricultural entomology, crop protection and toxicology, GLP facility establishment and training

Address: Plot No. 76/2, Sree Ramulu Street, E.V.P. Santosh Nagar, Madanandapuram, Chennai 600125, Tamil Nadu; [Tel: Cell: 9840164099; Email: drbvdavid@gmail.com; vasantharajdavid@yahoo.com]

Member Executive Council 1 Jan, 2004 to 31 Dec, 2006; Dr. K.C. Mehta Memorial Award 2011-2012