President, Shrimati Pratibha Patil presents the Padma Shri award
to Joseph Hulse.
biochemist Joseph H. Hulse, a former vice-president of Canada’s
International Development Research Centre (IDRC), has received the
Padma Shri award, one of India’s highest civilian honours
for distinguished service and excellence.
award, announced on January 25 on the eve of India’s 59th
Republic Day, was conferred by India's President Shrimati Pratibha
Patil at a ceremony on May 5.
Hulse has enjoyed a long and illustrious career, both in academia
and international development. He worked at IDRC from 1970 to 1987
as a program director and later as Vice-President of Research.
has also served as President of the Canadian Institute of Food Science
and Technology, Chair of the Canadian Freedom From Hunger Committee,
Assistant Director of Nutrition at the UN’s Food and Agriculture
Organization, and President of the International Union of Food Science
is currently Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester,
the Central Food Technological Research Institute in Mysore, India,
and the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in Tamil Nadu, India.
In 2006, he was elected Fellow for Life of India’s National
Academy of Sciences.
Hulse is the author of the 2007 book Sustainable Development at
Risk: Ignoring the Past, co-published by IDRC and Foundation Books.
Long-time IDRC partner M.S. Swaminathan presided over the September
2007 launch of the book in New Delhi, where he remarked on the timeliness
of the publication for researchers and others seeking to promote
sustainable, pro-poor development.
Professor Hulse is among seven foreigners on this year’s Padma
awards list, which also contains a posthumous honour for New Zealand’s
Everest hero, Sir Edmund Hillary. Former IDRC Chair and Canadian
Secretary of State for External Affairs Flora MacDonald received
the Padma Shri award in 2004.