Amartya Sen Biography

Amartya Sen Biography

Amartya Sen is one of the renowned economist and philosopher belonged to India. He was born on 3 November 1933 in a Bengali Brahmin family in West Bengal, India. His family lived in Wari and Manikgani, Dhaka present day in Bangladesh. His father name was Ashutosh Sen, the famous professor of Chemistry at Dhaka University and mother Amita Sen, the housewife. Ashutosh Sen had a close association with Rabindranath Tagore. He worked in Bengal Government institutions. However, his family migrated to Santiniketan in 1945. His grandfather was Kshiti Mohan Sen, a well-known scholar in those days. His father also worked as the Vice Chancellor of Delhi University.

The National Poet Rabindranath Tagore named the child as Amartya Sen which means immortal in the Bengali language. He has been working in the field of economics and the advisor to India, the England and the United States of America. Especially, he is working to improve the social justice and economic status of the under poverty people in India. At present, he is an Economic professor in the University of Harvard and faculty at Harvard Law School. His contribution to the Economic made him to awarded the Noble Prize in 1998. In the following year, the Indian Government awarded Bharat Ratna, the highest citizen award of India.

Amartya Sen Education

In 1940, Sen joined in St Gregory’s School in Dhaka. Later, he joined in Santiniketan which was founded by Rabindranath Tagore. The school was very unique and the education system had progressive features. The teachers trained the students to learn knowledge rather than focusing on examinations. However, after the death of Tagore, the school concentrated to train the students to focus on competitive testings and stress based education. This made embarrassed Amartya Sen. So he joined in Presidency College, Kolkata in 1951. There he studied Economics and earned a B.A. degree. During the time of pursuing B.A. degree, Sen diagnosed with oral cancer and took horrible radiation treatment and finally survived. Then he wanted to study at Trinity College, Cambridge.

So he went to England in 1953 and completed another degree in pure Economics. While he was pursuing PhD in Cambridge, the newly created Jadavpur University in Calcutta management offered him to work as an Economic professor. So he came back to India and joined in the university as the head of the Economics Department. In the meantime, he was elected to a Fellowship Prize at Trinity College. So he went to England in 1959 and studied philosophy and mathematical logic. He was very interested in philosophy and applied the philosophical theories to the Economic in his later books.

Amartya Sen Personal Life

Amartya Sen’s personal life is quite different to the tradition and culture of India. He married three times and had four children. Three are the daughters and a son. At first, he married the Indian famous writer and scholar Nabaneeta Dev Sen. They had two daughters Antara, a famous journalist and publisher. Another daughter Nandana, a Bollywood actress who is well known to the Indians. However, their marriage broke up and both choose their own professions. in 1971, he moved to London to work at the Harward University and again married Eva Colorni, an Economist in 1978.

They had two children, Kabir and Indrani. Unfortunately, the second marriage also not completed fruitfully, Eva died of cancer in 1985. The third time he married the History Professor at Harvard University Emma Georgina Rothschild in 1991. He is very fond of spending his time in Santiniketan in West Bengal during the Winter Holidays. Amertya Sen rides the bike himself and relaxes riding on far sites. He is atheistic and strongly argues in the favour of atheism. He didn’t believe the presence of God. In various interviews, he strongly opposed the religious concepts.