We the member of the Indian Phytopathological Society are deeply shocked on the sad demise of Prof. Y.L. Nene on Monday, the January 15, 2018 at 7.00 PM at the age of 81. Prof. Nene, the guiding force of science in general and plant pathology in particular. In his death, country has lost a great intellectual and well-wisher of science, plant pathology fraternity and IPS. Of course none can escape from death. One day or other, we have to leave physical world. It is an irreparable lost to his family.
Prof. Yeshwant Laxman Nene was born in Gwalior, India on 24 November 1936. Educated at Janakganj Middle School, Gwalior, 1944-49; V.C.High School, Gwalior, 1949-51; College of Agriculture, Gwalior, 1951-55; College of Agriculture, Kanpur, 1955-57; University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA, 1957-60; B.Sc (Ag.), 1955; M.Sc (Ag.), 1957; Ph.D. 1960.
He was the Professor & Head of Plant Pathology, GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology (GBPUA&T), Pantnagar, 1960-74; Principal Plant Pathologist (Pulses), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, 1974-80; Leader (Pulses) ICRISAT, 1980-86; Director (Legumes), ICRISAT, 1986-89; Deputy Director General, ICRISAT, 1989-96.
He was the Chairman, Asian Agri-History Foundation, Secunderabad. Published in English 8 ancient agricultural classics and publishing a quarterly journal, Asian Agri-History since 1997.
He had been awarded with International Rice Year, 1966, Prize (FAO), 1967; D.Sc. (h.c.), GBPUA&T, 1991; O.P.Bhasin Award, 1991; Gold Medal, Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development, 2001. Lifetime achievement awards by several organizations including Indian Phytopathological Society.
He was the fellow of American Phytopathological Society; Indian Phytopathological Society; Indian Virological Society; Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology; Indian Society of Plant Pathologists; National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. He was also the President of Indian Phytopathological Society in 1986.
Research Areas: Plant Pathology; History of Agriculture. Publications: over 480.
He had a peaceful end of a long, fruitful and highly satisfying life.
On behalf of the Society and my own behalf, I express my deep condolence to bereaved family. Let us all, pray to God that his soul may rest in peace. May God give his family to bear the loss.