Tribhuvandas Kishibhai Patel
Tribhuvandas Kishibhai Patel (22 October 1903 – 3 June 1994) was the founder of the Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers' Union in 1946, and later the Amul co-operative movement in Anand, Gujarat, India. A freedom fighter, a Gandhian, a fearless leader, a social worker, a tireless advocate, a cooperative philosopher who worked selflessly for the benefit of millions of people in India. Tribhuvandas Patel's single quality that stands out is his utter dislike for self promotion, a quality that many admire in the numerous institutions he built and served.
Born on 22 October 1903, in Anand, Gujarat, to Kishibhai Patel, Tribhuvadas became a follower of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel during the Indian independence movement, and especially the civil disobedience movements, which led to his repeated imprisonment in 1930, 1935 and 1942.
He is known as the father of the cooperative movement in India and also known as the father of white revolution in India.
By the late 1940s, he started working with farmers in Kheda district, with the guidance of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and after setting it the Union, he hired a young manager named Verghese Kurien in 1950, who has since become synonymous with Amul, for his leadership of the co-operative movement, till 2005.
Tribhuvandas Patel was awarded the 1963 Ramon Magsaysay Award for 'Community Leadership', together with Dara Nusserwanji Khurody, and Verghese Kurien., and the Padma Bhushan from the Govt. of India in 1964.
Under the selfless leadership of Tribhuvandas Patel, in August 1973, Amul celebrated its 25th Anniversary with Morarji Desai, Maniben Patel and Verghese Kurien. When he voluntarily retired from the Chairmanship of AMUL, in the early 1970s, he was presented with a purse of six hundred thousand rupees, by the grateful members of the village cooperatives — one rupee per member being the contribution. He used this fund to start a charitable trust, named the Tribhuvandas Foundation - an NGO to work on women and child health in Kheda district. He was the first Chairman of Tribhuvandas Foundation. He handed over the chairmanship to Verghese Kurien, when the organisation started to grow quickly, after receiving funds from foreign grants.
The Chairperson of the National Dairy Development Board, Dr.(Ms) Amrita Patel assessed Tribhuvandas Foundation thus in an international workshop " Tribhuvandas Foundation, which is Asia’s largest NGO, works in over 600 villages in the State in the field of maternal and infant care. What is unique about the programme of the Foundation is that it rides on the back of milk. It is the village milk co-operative that appoints a village health worker and pays an honorarium to the village health worker to undertake the work. So it is milk paying for health." 
Awards and honours
He was married to Shrimati Mani Laxmi, and had one daughter and six sons. He had several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
- Biography of Tribhuvandas K. Patel Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation Official website.
- Amul : Evolution of Marketing Strategy Marketing Case Studies.
- Awards Official listings Govt. of India Portal.
- Previous Members Profile Rajya Sabha Official website."21/07/1967 - 02/04/1968 and 03/04/1968 - 02/04/1974, Gujarat, INC."
- "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
- Profile of Tribhuvandas K. Patel on 'Ramon Magsaysay Award Site'
- Magsaysay Award Profile
- AMUL's 25th Anniversary Celebrations