Dr. C.D. Mayee (Charudatta Digambarrao Mayee) was born at Sakharkherda Dist. Buldana, Maharashtra State, India on July 15, 1946. Educated at MES High School, Mehkar (MS) 1959-61; College of Agriculture, Akola, 1961-65 (B.Sc. Agri.); College of Agriculture, Nagpur, 1965-67 (M.Sc. Agri.); Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 1968-72 (Ph.D). He did his Post Doctoral, Alexander von Humbolt Fellow from University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart (Germany) 1980-82 and re-visited in 1986.
Dr. Mayee worked on various capacities viz. Assistant Virologist, PAU, Ludhiana, 1972-74; Plant Pathologist Rice, PAU, Ludhiana (1974-75); Professor and Head, Marathwada Agricultural University, Parbhani, 1976-1991 and 1993-1995; Associate Dean, Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola, 1991-93; Associate Director, NARP, Aurangabad, 1995-97; Vice-Chancellor, MAU, Parbhani, 1997-2000; Director, Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur, 2000-2003; Agriculture Commissioner; Govt. of India, New Delhi, 2003-2004; Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board,New Delhi;2004-2011. His major research areas were Plant Pathology, Epidemiology and Management, Oilseed Pathology, Human Resource Development, Cotton Improvement etc.
In view of his outstanding contributions, various awards and honours were conferred on him. Prof. M.J. Narasimhan Academic Award, 1974; V.P. Gokhale Award, 1998; Vasantrao Naik Krishi Award, 2002; Outstanding Team Research Award, 2003; Dr. B. Vishwanath Award, 2005; Life Time Acievement Awards, 2008, 2011, 2012; Lekhiram Memorial Award, 2009; Doda Raghav Reddy Award, 2010; Leadership Award 2010; Amit Prabudh Manishi Award, 2012; IPS Recognition Award, 2012; Sasya Suraksha Mahajani Award, 2012; D.Sc. (Honoris Causa), Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa Samastipur (Bihar), 2009; OUAT, Bhubaneshwar (Orissa), 2010 and Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat (Assam), 2010; President, Indian Society for Cotton Improvement, 2008 to date, President Indian Phytopathological Society, 1997; ISMPP, Udaipur, 2006-09, Doctor’s Krishi Evam Bagwani Sanstha, Lucknow, 2006-15; CRDA, Hissar, 2010-11, Chief Editor, IPS New Delhi, 2004-06; Member, International Cotton Genome Initiative, USA., since 2004; Charman, Agri. Finance Corporation Ltd, 2010 to date, Member, African Biosafety Network Expertise, Burkina Faso, 2014 -2017; Fellow, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences.