Sen Amartya - India

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Amartya Sen is the 1998 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics. He is the Lamont University Professor at Harvard University and was until recently the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has served as President of the Econometric Society, the Indian Economic Association, the American Economic Association and the International Economic Association. He was formerly Honorary President of OXFAM and is now its Honorary Advisor. He was also Lamont University Professor at Harvard from 1988 to 1998, and prior to that Drummond Professor of Political Economy at Oxford University, at Delhi University and the London School of Economics.

Amartya Sen's numerous books have been translated into many languages.  His research has ranged over a number of fields in economics, philosophy, and decision theory, including social choice theory, welfare economics, theory of measurement, development economics, moral and political philosophy, and the economics of peace and war. His most recent book, Rationality and Freedom, published by Harvard University Press will be followed by a companion volume, Freedom and Justice.

Amartya Sen has received honorary doctorates from major universities in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among the awards he has received are the «Bharat Ratna» (the highest honour awarded by the President of India); the Senator Giovanni Agnelli International Prize in Ethics; the Alan Shawn Feinstein World Hunger Award; the Edinburgh Medal; the Brazilian Ordem do Merito Cientifico (Grã-Cruz); the Presidency of the Italian Republic Medal; the Eisenhower Medal; Honorary Companion of Honour (U.K.); and the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Born in Santiniketan, India, Amartya Sen studied at Presidency College in Calcutta, India, and at Trinity College, Cambridge.