Infosys Prize awarded to scientists, scholars

New Delhi, Jan 3 (IANS) The Infosys Science Foundation Thursday honoured seven winners of the Infosys Prize 2012 across six categories spanning science and humanities at a simple ceremony here.

At the ceremony, coinciding with the centenary celebrations of the Indian Science Congress in Kolkata, former Norway premier Gro Harlem Brundtland felicitated the seven laureates, selected by an eminent jury from 220 nominees in diverse subjects such as engineering and computer science, life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, mathematics and humanities.

Brundtland said progress in science and research was directly linked to economic and social development of a country.

"Scientific progress in medicine has helped the life expectancy in India to double over the last 50 years. Scientists also heralded the advances in electricity and chemistry in the nineteenth century to drive the second industrial revolution," said Brundtland, who is also a former World Health Organisation director-general.

The Infosys Prize in each category comprises a gold medallion, a citation expounding the laureate's work and Rs.50 lakh (Rs.5 million/$90,000).

The prize money for the inaugural humanities category was split equally between two winners -- Sanjay Subrahmanyam, distinguished history professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, and Amit Chaudhuri, contemporary literature professor at University of East Anglia, Norwich (Britain).

"The pioneering work undertaken by the seven laureates is changing the game in their respective spheres," said Infosys executive co-chairman and foundation's board of trustees president S. Gopalakrishnan on the occasion.

The winners were Ashish Lele, scientist at National Chemical Laboratories in Pune for engineering and computer science; Satyajit Mayor, professor of cellular organisation and signalling at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore for life sciences; Manjul Bhargava, mathematics professor at Princeton University (US) for mathematical sciences; Ayyappanpillai Ajayaghosh, senior scientist at the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology at Thiruvananthapuram for physical sciences and Arunava Sen, professor, economics and planning unit at the Indian Statistical Institute in New Delhi for social sciences.

"In the fourth year of the Prize, the Foundation continues to make steady progress in bringing science and humanities to the mainstream by recognising some of the finest researchers for their unparalleled achievements," Gopalakrishnan noted.

The jury chairs for each category were Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen (humanities), Kaushik Basu (social sciences), Shrinivas Kulkarni (social sciences), Pradeep K. Kholsa (engineering & computer science), Srinivasa S.R. Varadhan (mathematics) and Inder Verma (life sciences).

"We hope that the work of our laureates will inspire the young generation to take up science and research and be creators of the change that they want to see in the India of tomorrow," Gopalakrishnan added.

Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, plan panel member Arun Maira, Unique Identification Authority of India chairman Nandan Nilekani, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) former chief mentor Tarun Das and Nasscom president Som Mittal were also present on the occasion.

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

On Now: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab

On Now: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab

GAME 7, SHARJAH—Fifties from Watson, Samson power Rajasthan to a big score. More »

Royal test for Kings

Royal test for Kings

Preview — Clash of philosophies between Australia-centric teams More »

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

The Nawab of Najafgarh says a good run in IPL could help his chances of a comeback on India's tour to England in June. More »

Shastri in proposed IPL probe panel

Shastri in proposed IPL probe panel

Some members stressed on the need for proposing names with an "impeccable record and clean image". More »

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Furious fifties by Duminy and Dinesh Karthik end a long losing streak for the Daredevils. More »

Five things England must do to bounce back

Five things England must do to bounce back

England have appointed a new head coach in Peter Moores. More »

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

Royal Challengers overcame a stutter to cruise to the small target they were set by Mumbai Indians. More »

‘Felt like helpless minority’

‘Felt like helpless minority’

Former BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke says emotions got the better of Srinivasan and he tried to oversimplify things by calling Meiyappan an “enthusiast.” More »

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

Kevin Pietersen's hopes of reviving his international career appeared to end Saturday when ECB managing director Paul Downton said there was 'no way back'… More »

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

His status as president of TNCA makes him eligible to attend the Working Committee meeting on Sunday. More »

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell seems to project an icy disdain when at the crease. Match situations rarely faze him and the bubble in which he plays excludes everyone … More »

The world record that nearly wasn't

The world record that nearly wasn't

Twenty years ago this week, Brian Lara became Test cricket's highest scorer, but he almost didn't make it. More »

Moores gets second stint as coach

Moores gets second stint as coach

In a two-year spell from 2007 to 2009, the 51-year-old Moores led England in seven Test series. More »

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh's senior players will have three sessions with a psychological skill development coach later this month More »

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

Dalmiya feels that Srinivasan’s ‘power hungry’ attitude isn’t helping matters. More »

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

The 36-year-old believes the T20 format and rule changes in 50-over matches have made a real difference. More »

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

BCCI members want independent probe

BCCI members want independent probe

The board members are realising after the Supreme Court's observations that something has to be done — IS Bindra More »

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Preview — The threat of Sunil Narine looms large again. More »

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Preview — Given the firepower in both line-ups, Dubai crowd may see another high-scorer More »

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »