Sunday, April 24, 2011

Amartya Sen : Indian Nobel Prize Winner, 1998

Yeah! Among the Indian Nobel Prize winners, Prof. Amartya Sen is a prominent one. For his work in Welfare Economics, he received the prestigious Nobel Prize in 1998.

He was born on 3rd November 1933 at Shantiniketan in West Bengal. Rabindranath Tagore named him "Amartya" meaning "Immortal". He studied at Shantiniketan, now the Vishwa Bharati University, and then at Presidency College, Kolkatta and Delhi School of Economics. Later he went for higher studies at Trinity College, Cambridge. There he finished his Ph.D. in 1959.

Amartya Sen : Indian Nobel Prize WinnerAfter that he taught economics at University of Culcutta, Jadavpur University and also at Oxford and Harvard Universities. Then he was the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1997 to 2004. At present Prof. Amartya Sen teaches at Harvard University.

He has done extensive work on famine, human development theory, welfare economics, underlying mechanisms of poverty and political liberalism. His best written work is "Poverty and Famines: An Essay on Entitlement and Deprivation", which was published in 1981. Here he has shown that famine doesn't occur due to lack of food, but from inequalities built into the mechanism of distributing the food.

In 1999, Government of India awarded him Bharat Ratna, Salute to Amartya Sen - The Indian Nobel Prize Winner.

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