SOAS University of London

Professor Amartya Sen

Professor Amartya Sen is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost economists, and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at SOAS in 1998 in recognition of his substantial contributions to Economics. He was also honoured with the Nobel Prize for Economics the same year.

Professor Sen first studied economics at Presidency College, Calcutta, and then went on to Trinity College, Cambridge; his doctoral thesis on choice of technique was published as a book and continues to be a seminal work. Professorships at Jadavpur University, Calcutta, the London School of Economics, the University of Oxford and Harvard University followed. In 1998, he became the first Asian academic to head an Oxbridge college when he became Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Professor Sen is currently the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. His interests embrace many fields including social choice theory, rationality and decision theory, famines and entitlements, inequality and poverty, moral and political philosophy, and gender studies. He has authored many books, which have been translated into over 30 languages; titles include Collective Choice and Social Welfare (1970), On Ethics and Economics (1987), Development as Freedom (1999), The Argumentative Indian (2005), and Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny (2006).