Amartya Kumar Sen


Amartya Kumar Sen
(1933)



Amartya Kumar Sen was born in India and was educated in Calcutta and Cambridge, England. He is the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. At Harvard University he is Lamont University Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Before joining Harvard in 1987, Professor Sen was the Drummond Professor of Political Economy at Oxford University and Fellow of All Souls College. Prior to that he taught at Cambridge University, Jadavpur University in Calcutta, Delhi University and the London School of Economics.
Professor Sen's research has ranged over a number of fields in economics and philosophy, including welfare economics, social choice theory, decision theory, economic measurement, development economics and moral and political philosophy.

He is past President of the American Economic Association, the International Economic Association, the Indian Economic Association, the Econometric Society, and the Development Studies Association. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the Econometric Society. In 1990 Professor Sen received both the Giovanni Agnelli International Prize for his research on ethics of modern society, and the Alan Shawn Feinstein World Hunger Award for his work on understanding and preventing world hunger. Professor Sen was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on welfare economics.


 


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