Verghese Kurien

1921 - 2012

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Verghese Kurien (26 November 1921 – 9 September 2012), known as the "Father of the White Revolution" in India, was a social entrepreneur whose "billion-litre idea", Operation Flood, made dairy farming India's largest self-sustaining industry and the largest rural employment sector providing a third of all rural income. It made India the world's largest milk producer, doubled the milk available for each person, and increased milk output four-fold in 30 years.He pioneered the Anand model of dairy cooperatives and replicated it nationwide, based on various "top-down" and "bottom-up" approaches, where no milk from a farmer was refused and 70–80% of the price by consumers was paid in cash to dairy farmers who controlled the marketing, procurement, and processing of milk and milk products as the dairy's owners. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Verghese Kurien has received more than 1,977,232 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Verghese Kurien is the 265th most popular engineer (down from 234th in 2019), the 514th most popular biography from India (down from 412th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Indian Engineer.

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Among engineers, Verghese Kurien ranks 265 out of 325Before him are Mal Evans, Donald Wills Douglas Sr., Yuri Artsutanov, Friedrich L. Bauer, Mikhail Tikhonravov, and Hans Moravec. After him are Peter Schreyer, Geoffrey de Havilland, Da-Wen Sun, William Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong, Yaakov Ziv, and Frances Spence.

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Among people born in 1921, Verghese Kurien ranks 296Before him are Wu Xueqian, Norman Joseph Woodland, János Pilinszky, Cyrille Adoula, Ernest Gold, and Giuseppe Delfino. After him are Joe Sutter, Chico Hamilton, Seymour Benzer, Denys de La Patellière, Ursula Franklin, and Ted Schroeder. Among people deceased in 2012, Verghese Kurien ranks 301Before him are Horst Faas, Chad Everett, Franz West, Richard Rodney Bennett, Roberto Mieres, and Amnon Lipkin-Shahak. After him are Michael O'Hare, Geoffrey Hughes, Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, Peter Struck, Jorge Illueca, and Sergey Nikolsky.

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In India

Among people born in India, Verghese Kurien ranks 514 out of 1,227Before him are Pankaj Kapur (1954), Hariprasad Chaurasia (1938), Mahadev Desai (1892), Amrit Kaur (1889), Mukesh (1923), and Rajkumar (1929). After him are Ali Akbar Khan (1922), Kareena Kapoor (1980), Choudhry Rahmat Ali (1895), Hemanta Mukherjee (1920), Tanuja (1943), and Indra Nooyi (1955).

Among ENGINEERS In India

Among engineers born in India, Verghese Kurien ranks 3Before him are Percy Hobart (1885) and Arthur E. Kennelly (1861). After him are Tessy Thomas (1963).