Amartya Sen Spouse

Amartya Sen has been married three times. His first wife was Nabaneeta Dev Sen, an Indian writer and scholar, with whom he had two daughters: Antara, a journalist and publisher, and Nandana, a Bollywood actress.

Later their marriage broke up shortly after they moved to London in 1971.

Amartya Sen
Amartya Sen

In 1978 Sen married Eva Colorni, an Italian economist, daughter of Eugenio Colorni and Ursula Hirschmann and niece of Albert O. Hirschman.

Soon the couple had two children, a daughter Indrani, who is a journalist in New York, and a son Kabir, a hip hop artist, MC, and music teacher at Shady Hill School. Eva died of cancer in 1985.

Later Sen married Emma Georgina Rothschild in 1991, who serves as the Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History at Harvard University.

Amartya Sen Books

Development as Freedom. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198297581.
The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture, and Identity. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 9780312426026
The Idea of Justice. London: Penguin. ISBN 9780141037851
An Uncertain Glory: The Contradictions of Modern India. London: Allen Lane. ISBN 9781846147616.

Amartya Sen Nobel Prize

He won Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998

Amartya Sen Biography

Amartya Sen was born in a Hindu family in Bengal, British India, in the district of modern day Bangladesh.

Later his father Ashutosh Sen was a professor of chemistry at Dhaka University who moved with his family to West Bengal in 1945.

Sen’s mother Amita Sen was the daughter of Kshiti Mohan Sen, a well-known scholar of ancient and medieval India and close associate of Rabindranath Tagore. Later Sen began his high-school education at St Gregory’s School in Dhaka in 1940.

In 1951, he went to Presidency College, Kolkata, where he earned a B.A. in Economics with First in the First Class, with a minor in Mathematics, as a graduating student of the University of Calcutta.

While at Presidency, Doctor diagnosed Sen with oral cancer, and given a 15% chance of living five years.

Later with radiation treatment, he survived, and in 1953 he moved to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he earned a second B.A. in Pure Economics in 1955 with a First Class, topping the list as well.

Soon Sen made contributions to welfare economics, social choice theory, economic and social justice, economic theories of famines, and indices of the measure of well-being of citizens of developing countries.

He is the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor at Harvard University and member of faculty at Harvard Law School.

He is a Fellow and former Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Later Nobel committee awarded him the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998. Soon Government of India awarded himĀ  and Bharat Ratna in 1999 for his work in welfare economics.

In 2017, Sen was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science for most valuable contribution to Political Science.

Amartya Sen Capability Approach

Later Sen argues that development should be viewed as an effort to advance the real freedoms. Government should not simply focusing on metrics such as GDP or income-per-capita.

Violent acts he had witnessed as a child leading up to the Partition of India in 1947 inspired Amartya Sen.

Later Sen outlines five specific types of freedoms: political freedoms, economic facilities, social opportunities, transparency guarantees, and protective security.

Political freedoms, the first of these, refers to the ability of the people to have a voice in government and to be able to scrutinize the authorities.

Economic facilities concern both the resources within the market and the market mechanism itself.

Any focus on income and wealth in the country would serve to increase the economic facilities for the people.

Social opportunities deal with the establishments that provide benefits like healthcare or education for the populace, allowing individuals to live better lives.

Transparency guarantees allow individuals to interact with some degree of trust and knowledge of the interaction. Protective security is the system of social safety nets that prevent a group affected by poverty being subjected to terrible misery.

Amartya Sen Quotes

Poverty is not just a lack of money; it is not having the capability to realize one’s full potential as a human being.

Economic growth without investment in human development is unsustainable – and unethical.

While I am interested both in economics and in philosophy, the union of my interests in the two fields far exceeds their intersection.

I believe that virtually all the problems in the world come from inequality of one kind or another.

Poverty is the deprivation of opportunity.

Progress is more plausibly judged by the reduction of deprivation than by the further enrichment of the opulent

Amartya Sen Wife

Emma Georgina Rothschild-Sen is a British economic historian who is a professor of History at Harvard University.

She is also the director of the Joint Centre for History and Economics at Harvard University and an honorary Professor of History and Economics at the University of Cambridge.

Later Amartya Sen served as Board Member of United Nations Foundation.

She is a member of the Rothschild banking family of England and is a trustee of the Rothschild Archive, the international centre in London for research into the history of the Rothschild family.

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