S. K. Jain, formerly Director of Botanical Survey of India (Govt. of India) and Founder- Director of Dr. S.K. Jain Institute of Ethnobiology has placed India on world map of ethnobotany. He has received numerous Indian and international medals and other awards, the notable being Distinguished Economic Botanist (from U.S.A.), Lifetime Achievent Award (Inst. Ethnobiology), J.W. Harshbergar Medal and Wlliam Carey Medal. He has authored or edited over 40 books and 350 research papers; some of these have been published abroad. He is an “institution builder”; he founded the Institute of Ethnobiology, Society of Ethnobotanists, and Association for Plant Taxonomy, as also the journals Ethnobotany and Phytotaxonomy. Many world leaders in the subject have called Dr. Jain as Father of Indian Ethnobotany, and several of his publications as milestones in evolution of this interdisciplinary subject.