Infosys Prize 2012 Honors The Finest Minds In Science And Humanities

The Infosys Science Foundation today honored winners of the Infosys Prize 2012 for their outstanding achievements and contributions to science and humanities. Former Prime Minister of Norway, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, felicitated the seven laureates across the six categories: Engineering and Computer Science, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences, at a ceremony in New Delhi.

View Press Release

Read the feature

View Gallery

Infosys Prize Laureates Will Be Felicitated On January 3, 2013 In Delhi

The laureates of the Infosys Prize 2012 will be felicitated by Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of Norway and Former Director-General of the World Health Organization, on January 3, 2013, at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi. The winners of the Infosys Prize 2012 will be awarded a gold medal, INR 50 lakh and a citation certificate, for their outstanding contributions to different fields of research across six categories: Engineering and Computer Science, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Meet the Winners

Winners' Announcement

Congratulate the Winners

Winners Of Infosys Prize 2012 Announced

The Infosys Science Foundation announced on November 23, at the Bangalore DC campus, the winners of the Infosys Prize 2012, for their outstanding contributions to different fields of research. The winners were awarded across six categories: Engineering and Computer Science, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences.

View Press Release

Meet the Winners

View Images

Infosys Science Foundation Congratulates Prof. Kaushik Basu On His New Role As Chief Economist And Senior Vice President Of The World Bank

Prof. Kaushik Basu

Prof. Kaushik Basu; Infosys Prize Social Sciences Jury Chair 2012, and Professor of Economics and the C. Marks Professor of International Studies, Cornell University, was announced as the next Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank. He recently served as Chief Economic Adviser to the Indian Finance Ministry. Prof. Basu will be the first Indian to hold this position replacing Justin Yifu Lin and will begin his term on 1 October, 2012.

Read More

Good To Eat, Good To Think: Why We Should Study India's Changing Food Cultures

Prof. Amita Baviskar

The Infosys Science Foundation and St. Stephen’s College co- hosted a public talk by Prof. Amita Baviskar, Associate Professor in the Sociology Unit of the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, and the Infosys Prize 2010 Social Sciences- Sociology Laureate. She spoke about the radical shifts in the modes of producing and consuming food in India over the last three decades and potential health and ecological implications arising from the transformation. Prof. Baviskar made the case for focused attention on food as a way of understanding social change in India.

Read More

Infosys Science Foundation Congratulates Professors Maxim Kontsevich And Ashoke Sen On Winning The Inaugural Fundamental Physics Prize

Prof. Maxim Kontsevich Prof. Ashoke Sen

Prof. Maxim Kontsevich, Juror- Infosys Prize Mathematical Sciences (2010 & 2011) and Prof. Ashoke Sen, Laureate- Infosys Prize Mathematical Sciences (2009), were part of the 9 recipients of the 3 million dollar inaugural Fundamental Physics Prize. The Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to advancing our knowledge of the Universe at the deepest level by awarding annual prizes for scientific breakthroughs, as well as communicating the excitement of fundamental physics to the public.

Read More

Infosys Science Foundation Congratulates Prof. Pradeep Khosla On His New Role As UC San Diego’s Eighth Chancellor

Prof. Pradeep Khosla

Engineering and Computer Science Jury Chair, Prof. Pradeep Khosla who is currently the Dean of Engineering at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University was officially appointed UC San Diego’s eighth Chancellor and will begin his tenure at UC San Diego on the 1st of August.

Read More

Infosys Science Foundation Congratulates Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar On Being Appointed The First Chairperson And Chancellor Of The Academy Of Scientific And Innovative Research

Dr. Mashelkar

“This will be a unique academy as it will train highly specialised scientists and engineers. The intake capacity will be 1,000 students a year and they will be allowed to use all the 37 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) laboratories. They will have a lot of flexibility in selecting their projects. For example, today as per our regular university system of education, an engineering graduate cannot take up a life sciences project, while elsewhere in the world it is fairly common. We will encourage such an inter-disciplinary approach,” said Dr. Mashelkar on being asked about the project.

Read More

Infosys Science Foundation Congratulates New Royal Society Fellows

Prof. K. VijayRaghavan Prof. Chandrashekhar B. Khare

The Royal Society which is one of the most coveted fellowships in the world of science announced the new fellows for the year which included six names of Indian origin, two of them being Infosys Prize 2009 Life Sciences Laureate, Prof. K. VijayRaghavan recognized by the society for being an "outstanding developmental geneticist" and Infosys Prize 2010 Mathematical Sciences Laureate Prof. Chandrashekhar B. Khare, who has been referred to by the society as "an extremely original mathematician" and added that "his forte is finding ingenious but relatively simple new ideas."

C. Khare

K. VijayRaghavan

Infosys Science Foundation Appoints Dr. Kaushik Basu As The Jury Chair For Social Sciences

Dr. Kaushik Basu

Dr. Kaushik Basu, Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India and C. Marks Professor of International Studies and Professor of Economics at Cornell University is now appointed the new Jury Chair and takes over this role from Prof. Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University. Prof. Sen will now be the Jury Chair for the newly introduced Prize category - Humanities. Dr. Basu earlier served as a member of the jury panel for the Infosys Prize for Social Sciences in 2011.

Read More

ACM - Infosys Foundation Award Goes To Architect Of New Approaches For Hard-To-Solve Computational Problems

ACM

ACM - Infosys Foundation Award Goes To Architect Of New Approaches For Hard-To-Solve Computational Problems

Read More

The Nomination Cycle For The Infosys Prize 2012 Is Now Open

The Infosys Science Foundation invites nominations for the Infosys Prize 2012 in the six categories of Engineering (All Branches) and Computer Science, Humanities (Archaeology, History, Legal Studies, Linguistics, Literary Studies and Philosophy), Life Sciences (Biology, Biotechnology, Medicine and Agriculture), Mathematical Sciences (Mathematics and Statistics), Physical Sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Earth Science) and Social Sciences (Economics).

Nominate Now

Prof. Michael Sandel From Harvard In Your City

Prof. Michael Sandel

Michael J. Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, will tour Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi between the 12th and 14th of March and will speak about the most vexing issues in political philosophy of our times – bailouts of corporations, inequality, taxes, immigration, affirmative action, the role of markets and other ethical questions confronting us in our daily lives.

Read More

Prof. Kannan Soundararajan Awarded Ostrowski 2011

Prof. Kannan Soundararajan

The Infosys Science Foundation congratulates Infosys Prize 2011 Mathematical Sciences Laureate, Prof. Kannan Soundararajan for winning the Ostrowski Prize 2011. The Ostrowski Prize is a mathematics award given every other year by an international jury from the universities of Basel, Jerusalem, Waterloo and the academies of Denmark and the Netherlands.

Read More

Prof. Amartya Sen Honored By US President With The 2011 National Humanities Medal

Prof. Amartya Sen

The Infosys Science Foundation congratulates Prof. Amartya Sen, Infosys Prize Jury Chair- Social Sciences, who was awarded by US President Barack Obama, the 2011 National Humanities Medal for his insights into the causes of poverty, famine, and injustice. 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," said the citation, read by a military aid of the US President.

Read More

Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, 11th President Of India, Felicitated India's Finest Minds In Science And Research

Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam

The Infosys Science Foundation awarded the winners of Infosys Prize 2011, in recognition of their outstanding achievements and contributions to the field of scientific research. The Guest of Honour, 11th President of India, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, felicitated the six laureates across five categories - Engineering and Computer Science, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences at a grand ceremony in Bangalore. The prize in each category comprises a 22-karat gold medallion, a citation certificate expounding the laureate's work and INR 50 lakh as prize money.

Sixth Category In Humanities Introduced For Infosys Prize 2012

Expanding the scope of the awards with the aim to recognize research work being undertaken in other fields, the Infosys Science Foundation also announced the introduction of a sixth category for the Infosys Prize 2012. The new category - Humanities will cover Philosophy, History, Archaeology, Linguistics and Literary Studies. The Social Sciences category will continue to include Economics, Political Science, International Relations, Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology.

View Press Release

Read Dr. Abdul Kalam's Address