EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
Dr. Pathak was born on February 2, 1965 in Purulia district of West Bengal. He obtained his school education in West Bengal; BSc (Ag) from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi; and MSc and PhD in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. He joined Agricultural Research Service of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) as a Scientist in 1992 and promoted to Senior Scientist in 2001 and Principal Scientist in 2009. He has worked as a visiting scientist in the University of Essex, United Kingdom; International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines; CSIRO Land and Water, Australia and Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Germany. During 2007-2009, he worked as the Co-Facilitator, Rice-Wheat Consortium (RWC), IRRI-India, New Delhi. He was the Lead Author, Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report. Currently he is the Coordinator of DARE/ICAR for the climate negotiations in the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Dr. Pathak is the Principal Investigator, Climate Change Challenge Programme at IARI, New Delhi. He has contributed significantly in quantification of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission from soil, evaluation of the effects of management practices and biotic and abiotic factors on GHG emission and development of inventories of methane and nitrous oxide emission from Indian agriculture. His research has helped in rationalizing the estimates of GHG emission from Indian agriculture. He has developed simulation models such as InfoSoil, InfoFert, InfoCrop, TechnoGAS and InfoRCT for predicting the impacts of management and climate on crop yield and optimizing resource use for increasing production and minimizing environmental pollution.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Dr. Pathak is Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (FNA), National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (FNAAS) and West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology (FWAST). He is the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (FAvH) of Germany, Dr. BC Deb Memorial Award of the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), Golden Jubilee Commemoration Young Scientist Award of the Indian Society of Soil Science, BOYSCAST Fellowship of Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, Young Scientist Award and Prof. SK Mukherjee Commemoration Award of ISCA. He was the President of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences Section of Indian Science Congress. Currently he is the Editor-in-Chief, Current Advances in Agricultural Sciences, Editor, Greenhouse gases: Science and Technology and Editor, Indian Journal of Agronomy.
He has published more than 200 research papers and 10 books and has h-index of 41, i10-index of 85 with more than 5500 citations in international literature.