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Professor Amartya Sen                                            

Lament University Professor, Harvard University, and Professor of Economics and of Philosophy, Harvard University
From January 1998: Master, Trinity College, Cambridge

Birth: November 3, 1933, Santiniketan, India

Citizenship: Indian


Department of Economics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA (until June 1998);
Master, Trinity College, Cambridge CB2 lTQ, UK (from 1998).


Presidency College, Calcutta (B. A. 1953)
Trinity College, Cambridge (B. A. 1955, H.A. 1959, Ph.D.1959)
Cambridge University prizes and awards: Adam Smith Prize, 1954, Wrenbury Scholarship 1955, and Stevenson Prize, 1956
Trinity College prizes and awards: Senior Scholarship, 1954, Research Scholarship, 1955, and Prize Fellowship, 1957.

Professional elections and awards

President, The Econometric Society, 1984
President, The International Economic Association, 1986-89
President, The Indian Economic Association, 1989
President, The American Economic Association, 1994.
Fellow of the British Academy
Fellow of the Econometric Society
Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge
Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei
Member of the American Philosophical Association
Honorary D Litt., University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 1979
Honorary D Litt., Visva-Bharati University, India, 1983
Honorary D.U., Essex University, U.K., 1984
Honorary D.Sc., University of Bath, U.K., 1984
Docteur Honoris Causa, University of Caen, France, 1987
Dottore ad Honorem, University of Bologna, Italy, 1988
Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa, Georgetown University, USA, 1989
Docteur Honoris Causa, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, 1989
Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa, Tulane University, USA, 1990
Honorary D Litt., Jadavpur University, India, 1990
Honorary D Litt., Kalyani University, India, 1990
Honorary D. Litt., London Guildhall University, UK, 1991
Honorary Doctorate, Athens University of Economics and Business, 1991
Honorary D. Litt., Williams College, USA, 1991
Honorary D. Litt., New School for Social Research, USA, 1992
Honorary D. Litt., Calcutta University, India, 1993
Honorary D. Litt., Oberlin College, USA, 1993
Honorary Doctor of Law, Queen's University, Canada, 1993.
Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Valencia, Spain, 1994.
Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 1994.
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Syracuse University, USA, 1994.
Doctor Honoris Causa, Antwerp University, Belgium, 1995.
Honorary Doctor of Humane Latters, Wesleyan University, 1995.
Honorary Doctor of Science, Edinbur h University, UK, 1995.
Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa, Oxford University, 1996.
Doctor of Philosophy Honoris Causa, University of Stockholm, 1996.
Doctor Honoris Causa, Bard College, 1997
Doctor Honoris Causa, Kiel University, 1997


Honorary Fellow, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands
Honorary Fellow, London School of Economics, UK
Honorary Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University, UK
Honorary Professor, Delhi University, India.


President, The Development Studies Association, 1980-82
Honorary Vice-President, The Royal Economic Society, since 1988
Honorary President, The International Economic Association, since 1989


Mahalanobis Prize 1976
Rank E. Seidman Distinguished Award in Political Economy 1986
Senator Giovanni Agnelli International Prize in Ethics 1990
Alan Shawn Feinsteen World Hunger' Award 1990
Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award 1993
Indira Gandhi Gold Medal Award of the Asiatic Society 1994
Edinburgh Medal 1997
9th Catalonia International Prize 1997


Other Professional activities

Member of the editorial borads of Economics and Philosophy, Ethics, Feminist Economics, Gender and Development, Indian Economic and Social History Review, Indian Journal of Quantitative Economics, Journal of Peasant Studies, Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Journal of Applied Economics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Social Choice and Welfare, Common Knowledge, Critic & Review, Theory and Decision, Business and the Contemporary World.


Past Employment

Drummond Professor of Political Economy, Oxford University, and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, 1980-88
Professor of Economics, Oxford University, and Fellow of Nuffield College, 1977-80
Professor of Economics, London School of Economics, University of London, 1971-77
Professor of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi 1963-71
Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1957-63
Professor of Economics, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, 1956-58


Visiting Appointments:

Andrew D. White Professor at Large, Cornell University, 1978-84
Visiting Professor, Harvard University, 1968-69
Visiting Professor, University of California at Berkeley, 1964-65
Visiting Associate Professor, Stanford University, Summer Term, 1961
Visiting Assistant Professor, MIT, 1960-61



  1. Choice of Techniaues, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1960, 1962, 1968; Bombay: Oxford University Press, 1962, 1968. Spanish translation, Mexico City, 1969.
  2. Collective Choice and Social Welfare, San Francisco: Holden Day, 1970; Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd 1971; Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1979. Swedish translation: Bokforlaget Thales, 1988.
  3. Growth Economics, Editor, Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1960.
  4. Guidelines for Project Evaluation, UNIDO, United Nations, New York, 1972. Jointly with P. Dasgupta and S.A. Marglin.
  5. On Economic Ineauality, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1973; New York: Norton, 1975. German translation: Campus, 1975; Japanese translation: 1977; Spanish translation: Editorial Critica, 1979; Yugoslav translation: Cekade, 1984. Extended edition, 1997.
  6. Employment, Technology and Development, Oxford: Claredon Press, 1975; New York: O.U.P., 1975; New Delhi: O.U.P. 1976.
  7. Povertv and Famines: An Essay on Entitlement and Deprivation, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1981; New York: O.U.P. 1981; New Delhi: O.U.P., 1982; Italian translation: Mondadori, 1997.
  8. Utilitarianism and Beyond, jointly edited with Bernard Williams, Cambridge University Press, 1982; New York: C.U.P., 1982; Italian translation: Il Saggiatore, 1984.
  9. Choice. Welfare and Measurement, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1982; Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1997; New Delhi: O.U.P., 1983; Italian translation: Il Mulino, 1986; Japanese translation: Iwanami, 1988.
  10. Resources. Values and Develonment, Oxford: Basil Blackwell; 1984; Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1984; New Delhi: O.U.P., 1985; Italian translation: Bollati Boringhieri, 1992.
  11. Commodities; and Capabilities, Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1985; New Delhi: O.U.P., 1987; Italian translation: Giuffre Editore, 1988; Japaneke translation: Iwansmi, 1988.
  12. The Standard of Living, Tanner Lectures with rejoinders by Bernard Williams and othirs edited by G. Hawthorne, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1587; Italian translation: Marsilio, 1993.
  13. On Ethics and Economics, Oxford and New York: Basil Blackwell, 1987. Italian translation: Editori Laterza 1988; Spanish translation, Alianza Editorial, 1987; Indian edition: Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 1990; French translation (with other selected essays), Presses Universitaires de France, 1993.
  14. Hunger and Public Action, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989 (with Jean Dreze).
  15. The Political Economy of Hunger, in 3 volumes (jointly edited with Jean Drbze), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990 and 1991.
  16. Ineauality Reexamined, Oxford: Clarendon Press, New York: Russell Sage Foundation, and Cambridge. MA: Harvard University Press, 1992; Italian translation: Il Mulino, 1994.
  17. The Quality of Life, (jointly edited with Martha Nussbaum), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993; Italian translation, Feltrinelli, 1997.
  18. India: Economic Development and Social Oppurtunity, (with Jean Dreze) Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995 .
  19. Indian Development: Selected Regional Persoectives, (jointly edited with Jean Dreze) Oxford University Press, 1997 .
  20. On Economic Inequality, Extended Edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997 (annexe with James Foster).

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