Significance of Nobel Peace Prize: Prof M S Swaminathan
October 7, 2017: The announcement of the Nobel Prizes for 2017 came to an end on 6 October 2017 with the award of the Nobel Peace Prize going to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Other prizes in the name of Alfred Nobel like economics will be announced in the following weeks. As a past President of the Pugwash Conferences of Science and World Affairs, which itself received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995, I congratulate and thank the Norwegian Committee which selected ICAN for the award. Although there has been no major threat of nuclear war since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there is no time to relax since nuclear fissile material is available in a large number of countries particularly those which were formerly members of the Soviet Union. There are still several countries which have not yet signed the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty including USA and Pakistan. India has also not signed the Treaty but has made a commitment, not to use nuclear weapon except in response to nuclear attack on India. The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to ICAN is a timely reminder of the need, not to relax in our total commitment to the once for all abolition of nuclear weapons.
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.