Amartya Sen among the scholars for US National Humanities Medal
Sunday, February 12, 2012
A White House citation noted "his insights into the causes of poverty, famine, and injustice" and claimed "by applying philosophical thinking to questions of policy, he has changed how standards of living are measured and increased our understanding of how to fight hunger."
A 1998laureate, Sen is currently 's professor of Economics and Philosophy. Other new awardees include , , , , , , and Ramon Saldivar.
Scholars of Indian origin have won National Medals in Science and Engineering but not in Humanities. Introduced in 1996, the medal is awarded to "those individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities," says the White House.
- Chidanand Rajghatta. "Barack Obama names Amartya Sen for US Humanities medal" — , February 11, 2012
- Obama to felicitate Indian economist Amartya Sen" — , February 12, 2012. "