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Madhav Gadgil

For the environmental report, see Gadgil Commission.
Madhav Gadgil
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Madhav Gadgil
Born 1942
Pune, Maharashtra
Nationality Indian
Fields Ecology, Conservation Biology, Human Ecology, Ecological history
Institutions Harvard University, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
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Known for Gadgil Commission, People Biodiversity Register in India
Notable awards Volvo Environment Prize (2003)

Madhav Gadgil (born 1942 Pune) is an Indian ecologist.[1]


He was born in Pune, Maharashtra studied biology at University of Pune and Mumbai before a Ph.D. in the area of mathematical ecology at Harvard University. He has been an IBM Fellow of the Computing Centre, Research Fellow in Applied Mathematics and a Lecturer in Biology at Harvard University.

From 1973 to 2004, he was on the faculty of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore where he founded the Centre for Ecological Sciences. He has also served as a Visiting Professor at Stanford and as a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.

Prof. Madhav Gadgil's research interests include population biology, conservation biology, human ecology and ecological history and he has published over 215 research papers and 6 books, "This Fissured Land" and "Ecology and Equity", "Diversity : The cornerstone of life" , "Nurturing Biodiversity: An Indian Agenda" “ Ecological Journeys”,and “People’s Biodiversity Registers: A Methodology Manual”. Two of his research papers have been recognized as citation classics[not specific enough to verify][citation needed]. He writes regularly for popular media in English and Indian languages.

He developed strong traditions of working with researchers, teachers, and policy makers as well as NGO workers, farmers and other citizens throughout the country. This has led to innovative experiments of involving High School and College teachers and students in inventorying and monitoring of biodiversity. He worked on the committee that drafted India’s Biological Diversity Act 2002. He is active in a network of educational institutions working towards monitoring the biodiversity of Western Ghats established as a part of his activities as a Pew Fellow in Conservation and the Environment, and in a countrywide effort of voluntary agencies to prepare “Peoples’s Biodiversity Registers”. He currently chairs the Committee to revise the Environmental Education Curriculum at the School stage.

He was the chairman of the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel or otherwise known as Gadgil Commission.[2]

Awards and recognition

He was awarded the National Environmental Fellowship in recognition of his field research on the people-environment relationship on the hill chain of Western Ghats in India, where he has been involved in the establishment of the country's first biosphere reserve.

Prof. Gadgil was a member of the Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India from 1986–90 and chaired the Science and Technology Advisory Panel of Global Environment Facility from 1998-2002. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy, Third World Academy of Sciences, a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and an honorary member of the British Ecological Society and Ecological Society of America.

He is removed from the Sonia Gandhi led National Advisory Council.[3]

He is a recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award for Biological Sciences and the Vikram Sarabhai and Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar awards. Prof. Gadgil was awarded the prestigious Centennial Medal for the year 2002 from Harvard University, USA and the Volvo Environment Prize in 2003. He was conferred Padmashri and Padma Bhushan by the President of India and the Rajyotsava Award by the Government of Karnataka. Received the Firodia Award for excellence in science and technology in 2007.[4] At the 2010 annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), Gadgil was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the association for his contributions to the advancement of tropical biology and/or the conservation of tropical ecosystems. He was awarded the 2015 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.[5]


  1. ^ Gadgil, Madhav. "My Fundays". The telegraph. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
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  5. ^ "Honorary Fellow, ATBC 2010" (Press release). the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. August 5, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2012. 

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