P. K. Ramachandran Nair
PK Nair is a pioneer in agroforestry with a distinguished career spanning over five decades. Following his much-acclaimed work on multistory cropping with tree crops during the early 1970s in Kerala, India, he was a founding member of ICRAF (World Agroforestry), Kenya, and a lead scientist there for about a decade, before joining the University of Florida in 1987. Nair holds six doctoral degrees – two earned and four honoris causa. He has worked in continents and published prolifically. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Societies of Agronomy, Crop Science, and Soil Science. His numerous other recognitions include the IUFRO Scientific Achievement Award, Society of American Foresters’ Research Award, Fulbright Distinguished Chair, and the Humboldt Prize, Germany. Prof. Nair conceptualized the idea of the World Congresses of Agroforestry and organized the first Congress in Florida, in 2004.