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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 5,527,760 page views. His biography is available in 81 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 78 in 2019). Amartya Sen is the 21st most popular economist (up from 22nd in 2019), the 35th most popular biography from India (up from 36th 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 21 out of 315Before him are Philip Kotler, Ludwig von Mises, Mario Draghi, Jean-Baptiste Say, Paul Samuelson, and Henri Fayol. After him are John Law, Michael Porter, Joseph Stiglitz, Herbert A. Simon, Simon Kuznets, and Anne Robert Jacques Turgot.

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Among people born in 1933, Amartya Sen ranks 14Before him are Michael Caine, Yoko Ono, Charles K. Kao, James Brown, Francisco Gento, and Nina Simone. After him are Claudio Abbado, Abolhassan Banisadr, Tinto Brass, Philip Roth, Jalal Talabani, and Susan Sontag.

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Among people born in India, Amartya Sen ranks 35 out of 1,493Before him are Adi Shankara (788), Valmiki (-80), Aryabhata (476), Aurangzeb (1618), Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888), and Padmasambhava (717). After him are Mahavira (-599), Julie Christie (1940), Rani of Jhansi (1828), Jahangir (1569), Brahmagupta (598), and Tulsidas (1532).


Among economists born in India, Amartya Sen ranks 1After him are Mahbub ul Haq (1934), Abhijit Banerjee (1961), Jagdish Bhagwati (1934), Raghuram Rajan (1963), Gita Gopinath (1971), and Kshama Sawant (1973).