Amartya Sen

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Amartya Kumar Sen (Bengali: [ˈɔmortːo ˈʃen]; born 3 November 1933) is an Indian economist and philosopher, who since 1972 has taught and worked in the United Kingdom and the United States. Sen has made contributions to welfare economics, social choice theory, economic and social justice, economic theories of famines, decision theory, development economics, public health, and measures of well-being of countries. He is currently a Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Amartya Sen has received more than 4,136,979 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Amartya Sen is the 22nd most popular economist (down from 21st in 2019), the 36th most popular biography from India (down from 2nd in 2019) and the most popular Indian Economist.

Amartya Sen is a Nobel Prize-winning economist who is most famous for his work on the causes of famine. He argues that famines are not caused by food shortages, but by a lack of democracy and freedom.

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Among economists, Amartya Sen ranks 22 out of 315Before him are Philip Kotler, Paul Samuelson, Jean-Baptiste Say, Henri Fayol, Barack Obama Sr., and Herbert A. Simon. After him are Frédéric Passy, Joseph Stiglitz, Anne Robert Jacques Turgot, William Petty, Simon Kuznets, and Ronald Coase.

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Among people born in 1933, Amartya Sen ranks 19Before him are Lina Medina, Just Fontaine, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jalal Talabani, Philip Roth, and Tinto Brass. After him are Francisco Gento, Susan Sontag, Arno Allan Penzias, Elinor Ostrom, Costa-Gavras, and Corazon Aquino.

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Among people born in India, Amartya Sen ranks 36 out of 1,227Before him are Alauddin Khalji (1266), C. V. Raman (1888), Salman Khan (1965), Mahavira (-599), Aishwarya Rai (1973), and Jahangir (1569). After him are William Makepeace Thackeray (1811), Aryabhata (476), Swami Vivekananda (1863), Bhāskara II (1114), Tulsidas (1532), and Valmiki (-80).


Among economists born in India, Amartya Sen ranks 1After him are Mahbub ul Haq (1934), Abhijit Banerjee (1961), Jagdish Bhagwati (1934), Raghuram Rajan (1963), and Gita Gopinath (1971).