Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and a professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University, and was until 2004 the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. Previously, he was the Drummond Professor of Political Economy at Oxford University, and a Fellow of All Souls College. Prior to that, he was Professor of Economics at Delhi University and at the London School of Economics. His books on economics, philosophy, and related areas have been translated into more than thirty 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, public health, gender studies, jurisprudence, and moral, political, and legal philosophy. Prof. Sen has served as President of the Econometric Society, the American Economic Association, the Indian Economic Association, and the International Economic Association. He was formerly Honorary President of Oxfam and is now its Honorary Advisor. He is a Trustee of the British Museum. Among his many awards are honorary doctorates from universities worldwide; the “Bharat Ratna” (India’s highest civilian award); the Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur (France); the National Humanities Medal (U.S.); the Ordem do Mérito Científico: Grã-Cruz (Brazil); the Aztec Eagle (Mexico); the Honorary Companion of Honour (U.K.); the George E. Marshall Award (U.S.); the Senator Giovanni Agnelli International Prize in Ethics (Italy); the Edinburgh Medal (U.K.); the Eisenhower Medal (U.S.); and the Nobel Prize in Economics.