Hari C. Sharma (India), born in 1954 in Himachal Pradesh, India, obtained BSc and MSc degrees at the Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, and his PhD in Entomology at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India in 1979. Currently, he is Principal Scientist – Entomology at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, Hyderabad, India, where he has been working for the past 32 years.
He was a visiting scientist at the University of Wisconsin, USA, in 1987, and the Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Toowoomba, Australia in 1996. Dr. Sharma’s research involves insect ecology, bio-pesticides, host-plant resistance, transgenics and molecular for insect resistance, biosafety of transgenic crops to non-target organisms, climate change effects on arthropods, and integrated pest management.
He has published over 250 research papers, 150 book chapters, 10 research/information bulletins, and six books, including Heliothis/Helicoverpa Management, Application of Molecular Techniques for Pest Management, and Environmental Safety of Biotech and Conventional IPM Technologies. He has collaborated with several scientists in Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas.
His work has been recognized by many national and international societies, including the Archana Gold Medal and Lifetime Achievement Award of the Academy of Environmental Biology, the Millennium Science Award of ICRISAT, the CGIAR Excellence in Science Award, and the International Plant Protection Award of Distinction of the International Association of Plant Protection Sciences. He is a fellow of six academic societies, and Life Fellow of the Entomological Society of India, and the National Academy Agricultural Sciences. Dr Sharma is a Governing Board Member of the International Association of Plant Protection Sciences, and Co-chair of the program on, ‘Biological consequences of global change’, of the International Union of Biological Sciences.