Dr. Jagdish Kumar Ladha
Foreign Fellow, Elected 2000

Born in Gwalior, India on 5 January 1952. Educated at D.A.V. School, Gwalior, 1964-69; Jiwaji University, Gwalior, 1971-73; Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 1973-76; B.Sc., 1971; M.Sc., 1973; Ph.D., 1976; Department of Atomic Energy, Senior Research Fellowship award, 1975; British Commonwealth Postdoctoral Fellowship award, 1975; Postdoctoral Fellow, Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 1976-77; Postdoctoral Fellow, Biological Sciences, University of Dundee, Scotland, 1977-78.

Principal Scientist, Crop and Environmental Sciences Division, IRRI, Metro Manila, Philippines, 2015 to date.

Assistant Professor, Plant Sciences, Madurai University India, 1978-80; Associate Soil Microbiologist, 1983-89 and Soil Microbiologist, 1990-98, IRRI; Adjunct Assistant Professor, 1986-89 and Adjunct Associate Professor, 1989-96, Soil Science, University of the Philippines; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Laval, Canada, 1992-94; Adjunct Professor, Soil Science, UPLB, 1996-2005; Soil Nutritionist and Rice-Wheat Coordinator, IRRI, 1999-2004; Principal Scientist, CESD Division, IRRI Philipphines and IRRI Representative for India and Rice-Wheat Coordinator, IRRI-India Office, New Delhi, 2004-15; Adjunct Associate, Agricultural Experimentation Station, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis, 2002 to date; Frosty Hill fellow, Department of Crop and Soil Science, Cornell University, 2007-08; Adjunct Senior Scientist, Columbia University, New York, 2013-to date.

Awards/Honours: Young Scientist Award, Indian National Science Academy, 1979; Kothari Scientific Research Institute Award for Excellence, 1979; Plaque of Recognition for Scientific Achievements, IRRI, Philippines, 1993, 1999; Member, Advisory Board for the International Foundation for Science Grant Committee, Stockholm, Sweden, 1995; Vice-Chairman, Commission on Soil Biology for the International Society of Soil Science, 1995-98; Plaque of Recognition as Resource Scientist, Mariano Marcos State University, Philippines, 1999; Chairman, Commission on Soil Biology for the International Society of Soil Science, 1999-2002; Associate Member, National Research Council of the Philippines, 1999; The CGIAR Chairman's Excellence Science Team Award, 2000; Vice-Chair/Facilitator, Production Systems/INRM Thematic Panel, ISC/CGIAR Priorities and Strategies Formulation Process - Scientific Consultation, 2003; The CGIAR King Baudouin Team Award, 2004; Outstanding Scientist Award by the American Association of Scientists of Indian Origin, 2005; Plaque of recognition, Pakistan Agriculture Research Council, 2005; Plaque of appreciation by the Noorani Industries (Pvt) Ltd, Pakistan, 2005; Frosty Hill Fellowship Award by the Cornell University, 2007-2008; Chair of International Agronomy at the ASA for 2007-2009; Plaque of recognition by the President of American Society of Agronomy for Dedication and Services, 2008; Chair, International Agronomy Task Force of American Society of Agronomy, 2008; International Plant Nutrition Institute Science Award, 2009; International Soil Science Award, 2010; International Agronomy Service Award, 2011; Lifetime Achievement Award by the Soil Conservation Society of India, 2014; International Crop Science Service Award, 2015.

Fellow: American Society of Agronomy; Soil Science Society of America; American Association for the Advancement of Science; Crop Science Society of America.

Research Areas: Agronomy, soil fertility, soil microbiology, plant nutrition

Address: Principal Scientist, Crop and Environmental Sciences Division, International Rice Research Institute, DAPO Box 7777, Metro Manila; [Tel: Off. (+63-2) 580-5600; Email: j.k.ladha@irri.org]