Amartya Sen Bibliography

Amartya Sen is a much-admired, award winning economist, writer and philosopher. A voice of the poor and malnourished, tirelessly engrossed in the problems of the society’s poorest people, he has devised practical solutions to prevent food shortage and starvation. This Nobel laureate has helped create the United Nations Human Development Index and was featured on Time Magazine’s list of ‘World's 50 Most Influential People Who Matter’. A leading intellectual, Sen’s books have been translated in more than thirty languages across the world. Some of his noteworthy publications include, ‘Development as Freedom’, ‘Poverty and Famines: An Essay on Entitlements and Deprivation’, ‘On Economic Inequality’, ‘Inequality Reexamined’, ‘The Argumentative Indian’ and ‘The Idea of Justice’. Currently a Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University, Sen has also been a Professor at the London School of Economics and The University of Oxford. He has won an array of laurels including the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India. Committed sincerely to the cause of ending poverty and deprivation, this celebrated economist, is the sixth Indian to receive a Nobel and the first Asian recipient of the Economics Prize. To learn more interesting facts about his childhood, personal life and achievements in the field of writing and academics, scroll down and continue to read this biography.

Amartya Sen

Childhood & Early Life

  • Amartya Sen was born in Santiniketan, West Bengal, India to Ashutosh Sen, a Professor, who later served as the Chairman of the West Bengal Public Service Commission, and Amita Sen.
  • In 1941, he was enrolled at the St Gregory's School, Dhaka and after the partition of India, his family moved to India, where he attended the Visva-Bharati University School.
  • In 1953, he graduated from Presidency College, Kolkata with a First Class Honours in B.A Economics. That year, he attended Trinity College, Cambridge, where he earned another B.A.
  • In 1956, at the age of 23, he was appointed as the Professor and head of the Economics Department at the Jadavpur University, Calcutta. After two years, he went back to Cambridge University to pursue his Ph.D.
  • In 1959, he submitted his Ph.D. thesis titled ‘the choice of techniques’, after which he was a visiting Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • From 1961 to 1972, he was a Professor at the Delhi School of Economics, after which he was a Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics. He also taught at the University of Calcutta.