Benito Vergara Biography, Contributions

Benito Vergara is a Filipino scientist who received the National Scientist award in 2001.

Personal Information
Full Name : Benito S. Vergara
Birth Date : June 23, 1934
Died : October 24, 2015
Birthplace : Philippines
Father : Jose Vergara (Physician)
Mother : Luisa Sibug (Nurse)
Spouse : Lina Manalo

Education
College : University of the Philippines Diliman (1955)
Course : Botany
Master : Botany, University of Hawaii at Manoa (1959)
Doctorate : Plant Sciences, University of Chicago (1960)

Career Highlights
1994 – Led the establishment of the Riceworld Museum and Learning Center at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna
1992-1996 – Director for Administration, International Rice Research Institute
1961-1991 – Associate Plant Physiologist and later, Head of Plant Physiology and Agronomy, International Rice Research Institute
1960 – Faculty Member, University of the Philippines

Contribution to Science
* Conducted intensive studies on Rice Production

Book (s) Published
Illustrated Manual on Planting Rice
The Farmer’s Primer on Growing Rice
A collection of Catalogues on Ornamental Plants
Gabby Ghas – A Children‘s Book on Rice Production

Awards
2001 – National Scientist of the Philippines

RELATED: List of Filipino Scientists and Their Contributions To Science
See also: List of Famous Filipino Authors and Their Books
See also: List of Philippine Presidents and Vice Presidents

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