Emil Q. Javier

Javier, Emil Q.

Ph. D. Plant Breeding and Genetics



Academician Javier obtained a Ph.D. in plant breeding from Cornell University (1969), a Master of Science in Agronomy from the University of Illinois (1964), and a B. Sc. in Agriculture (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (1960).

His expertise is in agronomy, particularly the breeding, seed production and management of tropical grasses and legumes, and the utilization and grazing management of native Imperata grassland.

Among the honors he has received are: Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines (1975); Rizal Pro Patria Presidential Award; the UP Most Outstanding Alumnus; the University of Illinois Madhuri and Jagdish N. Sheth Outstanding International Alumnus Award, and the Outstanding Filipino Award (TOFIL).

Academician Javier was the founding director of the Institute of Plant Breeding and the National Institutes of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, both at UP Los Baños where he rose from the ranks from research assistant to full professor and Chancellor.

He served as Philippine Minister of Science and Technology (1981 - 86) and was architect of present sectoral council system of the Department of Science and Technology. He was President of the University of the Philippines System in 1993-1999 and was instrumental in the establishment of the UP Open University and UP Mindanao.

As far as international service is concerned, he was Senior Research Fellow at the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) in The Hague (1986-89); Director General of the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center (AVRDC) in Taiwan (1989-1993). His last scientific assignment was Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in 2000-2004 based in FAO, Rome.