Amartya Sen (born: 3rd November 1933, West Bengal) is an Indian economist who was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to welfare economics and social choice theory, and for his interest in the problems of society’s poorest members.
In June 2011, he was appointed as the adviser to the Mentor Group of Presidency College by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
A 56 minute documentary named “Amartya Sen: A Life Re-examined” directed by Suman Ghosh details his life and work.
Amartya Sen has been felicitated with the National Medal of Humanities award by the US President Barack Obama at a glittering White House function.
“Sen is being awarded the 2011 National Humanities Medal for his insights into the causes of poverty, famine, and injustice. By applying philosophical thinking to questions of policy, he has changed how standards of living are measured and increased our understanding of how to fight hunger,” said the citation, read by a military aid of the US President.