Amartya Kumar Sen

Prof. Amartya Kumar Sen is one of the greatest intellectuals and economists of modern India. He is a philosopher, economist and a social thinker. He was awarded the Noble prize for welfare economics in the face of market oriented economics.

Amartya Kumar Sen is an economist best known for his work on famine, Human development theory, welfare economics, and the underlying causes of poverty and hunger. He received The Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences (Nobel Prize for economics), in memory of Alfred Nobel, for his work in mathematical economics in 1998. The government of India awarded him with the highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna in 1999.

In addition to his important work on the causes of famines, Sen’s work in the field of development economics has had considerable influence in the formulation of the Human Development Report, published by the United Nations Development Program. The HDI ranks countries on a variety of economic and social indicators.

Sen first studied in India before moving to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he earned a BA in 1956 and then a Ph.D. in 1959. He has taught economics at Calcutta, Delhi School of Economics (1963-71), Oxford, Harvard and was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, between 1997 and 2004.

In January 2004, Prof. Amartya Sen returned to Harvard, where he currently teaches. With the Noble prize, Prof. Sen is now more determined about his old obsessions like literacy, basic health care and gender equality specifically in India and Bangladesh.
He is an ardent and articulate speaker featuring a provocative presentation of social justice and development.