Amartya Sen is an Indian economist and a recipient of Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to welfare economics and economic choice theory. His most distinguished work has been on the causes of famine and developing practical solutions for limiting the shortage of food. He was instrumental in creating the United Nations Human Development Index. He was awarded The Bharat Ratna, highest Indian civilian honour in 1999. In 2012, he became the first Non-American recipient of the National Humanities Medal. Several of his books right from "Poverty and Famines" to the more recent "Idea of Justice" have been translated into many languages across the world.
Amartya Sen had completed his Ph.D in economics from Trinity College, Cambridge. He was later appointed as professor and the founder Head of the Department of Economics at Jadavpur University, at the age of 23.This still remains the youngest age at which anyone has been appointed as the Head of Department in India. He is currently a professor at the Thomas W.Lamont University and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. He is also a senior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, distinguished fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He is the first Indian and the first Asian academic to head an Oxbridge college.
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