Dr. S.K. De Datta’s career at IRRI began as an Agronomist and he rose to be Principal Scientist. One of his greatest achievements during his 27 years at IRRI, was the identification of IR8-233-8 variety which later on was released as IR8 and contributed to the green revolution the late 60s.

After 27 years at IRRI, Dr. De Datta joined as the Associate Provost for International Programs at Virgnia Tech in the United States. As the Director of the Office of International, Research and Development, he garnered $150 million dollars for funding from USAID and other donor agencies. Some of the significant projects that were funded were the IPMCRSP (Integrated Pest Management, Collaborative Research Support Program) and SANRAMCRSP.