Amartya Sen

Amartya Kumar Sen CH (Bengali: [ˈɔmortːo ˈʃen]; born 3 November 1933) is an Indian economist and philosopher, who since 1972 has taught and worked in the United Kingdom and the United States. Sen has made contributions to welfare economics, social choice theory, economic and social justice, economic theories of famines, decision theory, development economics, public health, and measures of well-being of countries.

Amartya Kumar Sen

Sen in 2012
Amartya Kumar Sen

(1933-11-03) 3 November 1933 (age 87)
(m. 1958; div. 1976)

Eva Colorni
(m. 1978; died 1985)

(m. after 1991)
FieldWelfare economics
Social choice theory
Development economics
School or
Capability approach
Alma mater
InfluencesGautama Buddha, Adam Smith, John Rawls, John Maynard Keynes, B. R. Ambedkar, Kenneth Arrow, Piero Sraffa, Maurice Dobb, Mary Wollstonecraft,[1] Karl Marx[2]
ContributionsHuman development theory
Entitlement approach to famine[3]
AwardsNobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (1998)
Bharat Ratna (1999)
National Humanities Medal (2012)[4]
Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science (2017)
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

He is currently a Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University.[5] He formerly served as Master of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge.[6] He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences[7] in 1998 and India's Bharat Ratna in 1999 for his work in welfare economics. The German Publishers and Booksellers Association awarded him the 2020 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade for his pioneering scholarship addressing issues of global justice and combating social inequality in education and healthcare.