Modadugu Vijay Gupta
Born (1939-08-17) 17 August 1939 (age 84)
EducationPhD in Biology
Alma materUniversity of Calcutta
AwardsPadma Shri

Dr. Modadugu Vijay Gupta (17 August 1939) is an Indian biologist and fisheries scientist. He was awarded the World Food Prize in 2005, for development and dissemination of low-cost techniques for freshwater fish farming (using tilapia species) by the rural poor.[1] He is considered a pioneer in the blue revolution of Southeast Asia.[2] In 2015, was selected for the first Sunhak Peace Prize, in recognition of his creating an aquaculture system for the poor, rural populations in Asia, Africa and the Pacific.[3]

In 2023, he was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India.[4]

Early life and career

Born on 17 August 1939, Modadugu hails from Bapatla in the State of Andhra Pradesh, India.

Till his recent retirement, Dr. Modadugu served as the Assistant Director General at WorldFish, an international fisheries research institute under the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) based at Penang in Malaysia.[5]


  1. ^ "Indian Gets World Food Prize". The Tribune. Chandigarh, India. 11 June 2005. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Modadugu Vijay Gupta interview". Outlook. Outlook. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Peace prize winner urges investment in aquaculture to solve global hunger". The Washington Times. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Padma Shri for 3 from Telangana". The Times of India. 26 January 2023. Retrieved 26 January 2023.
  5. ^ "The Food Museum: world food organisations". Archived from the original on 22 November 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
Honorary titles Preceded byYuan Longping World Food Prize 2005 Succeeded byLobato, Paolinelli, and McClung