Amartya Sen

Indian economist and philosopher

Amartya Kumar Sen (born November 3, 1933) is an Indian economist. Since 1956, he has taught and worked in the United Kingdom and the United States. He worked in 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.

Amartya Sen
অমর্ত্য সেন
Sen in 2012
Born (1933-11-03) November 3, 1933 (age 90)
Alma materPresidency College of the University of Calcutta (BA),
Trinity College, Cambridge (BA, MA, PhD)
Spouse(s)Nabaneeta Dev (1958–1976)
Eva Colorni (1978–1985)
Emma Rothschild (m. 1991)
ChildrenNandana Sen
AwardsNobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (1998)
Bharat Ratna (1999)
National Humanities Medal (2012)[1]
Scientific career
FieldsWelfare economics, development economics, ethics

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 and Bharat Ratna in 1999 for his work in welfare economics. He was also awarded the inaugural Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize in recognition of his work on welfare economics in February 2015 during a reception at the Royal Academy in the UK.[4]


  1. "President Obama Awards 2011 National Humanities Medals". National Endowment for the Humanities. December 13, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  2. Sen, Amartya (2010). The idea of justice. London: Penguin. ISBN 9780141037851.
  3. Deneulin, Séverine (2009). "Book reviews: Intellectual roots of Amartya Sen: Aristotle, Adam Smith and Karl Marx". Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. 10 (2). Taylor and Francis: 305–306. doi:10.1080/19452820902941628. S2CID 216114489.
  4. "Amartya Sen announced as the winner of Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize 2015". Charleston Trust. February 10, 2015. Archived from the original on August 12, 2020. Retrieved February 15, 2019.

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