One of the noted plant physiologists in the country is Dr. Benito Sibug Vergara, who earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Hawaii in 1959, and his Doctor’s degree in Plant Physiology at the University of Chicago in 1960. Plant physiology is simply the study of the tasks and behavior of flora, and of the different physical and chemical processes involved.
Dr. Vergara started out as associate plant physiologist at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in 1961, became Director for Administration till he retired in 1996. He was likewise a member of the Ornamental Team of the Philippines Council for Agriculture and Resource Research, and became president of the Los Banos Orchid Society.
With his countless organization and research centers devoted to the welfare of the plant, like biological studies and improvement of deep water ice, flood tolerant rice and cold resistant rice, the development of rapid generation advance methods for rice, and the physiology of rice flowering; plus some 500 scientific papers to his name, including a technical bulletin on the flowering response of the rice plant and the illustrated Farmer’s Primer on Growing Rice, which has been translated into over 36 languages, Dr Vergara has received numerous awards and much recognition . among his many titles are Outstanding Young Man (1961), Outstanding Phi Sigman (1977), Outstanding Alumnus of the UP Botanical Society (1986), American Society of Agronomy Fellow (1986), and Honorary Scientist of the Rural Development Administration of the Republic of Korea (1908).
Perhaps his most important achievement thus far is to have “National Scientist” affixed to his name. he joined this venerable list just a few years back, on September 4, 2001, to be more precise. He was honored for his hard work, creativity, and overall brilliance.
Dr. Vergara was born on June 23, 1934, in Manila
Sources: ► www.dost.gov.ph ► www.nast.dost.gov.ph/profiles/vergara.htm