Amartya Kumar Sen


Amartya Kumar Sen, born 3 November 1933, studied at Presidency College in Calcutta and then at Trinity College in Cambridge, and has taught at universities in both these cities, and also at Delhi University, the London School of Economics, Oxford University, and Harvard University, and on a visiting basis, at M.I.T., Stanford, Berkeley, and Cornell.

Sen has made contributions to welfare economics, social choice theory, economic and social justice, economic theories of famines, and indexes of the measure of well-being of citizens of developing countries.

He is currently the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor at Harvard University and member of faculty at Harvard Law School. He is a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Sen is the first Indian and first Asian to become the Master of Trinity, Cambridge.  He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998 for his work in welfare economics and Bharat Ratna in 1999. In 2017, Sen was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science for most valuable contribution to Political Science.

Sen’s famous works include, ‘Poverty and Famines’, ‘On Ethics and Economics’, ‘Income Inequality Reexamined’, ‘Hunger and Public Action’, ‘The Argumentative Indian’ and ‘Development as Freedom’.

Posted: February 2018



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