August 18, 2016: Dr (Ms) Smita Mishra, a very leading scientist and biodiversity expert of MSSRF passed away in Chennai on 17 August 2016 after fighting cancer for over a decade. As JBS Haldane said, “Cancer is a funny thing, with its symptoms alternating between cure and recurrence.” Smita has been fighting this disease very bravely for over ten years. Finally it has taken its toll on her. Smita Mishra known as Smita Tripathy before marriage was the first staff member of MSSRF in the tribal district of Koraput, Odisha. Her PhD work was on demonstrating that the Koraput region is one of the important centres of origin and diversity of rice. Her contributions to both science and tribal welfare are truly monumental. Her passing away is an irreparable loss to both MSSRF and to the world of science, particularly linkages between science and society. MSSRF prays for the peace of the departed soul and shares the sorrow of her husband and daughter and the other members of her family. Her life and work will always remain as a source of inspiration to younger generations.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.