Infosys Prize

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The Infosys Prize
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Awarded for

Contributions in six categories of research:

  1. Engineering and Computer Science
  2. Humanities
  3. Life Sciences
  4. Mathematical Sciences
  5. Physical Sciences
  6. Social Sciences
Country India
Presented by Infosys Science Foundation
First awarded 2008
Website http://www.infosys-science-foundation.com

The Infosys Prize is an annual award given to scientists, researchers, engineers and social scientists in India by the Infosys Science Foundation and ranks among the highest monetary awards in India to recognize research. The prize for each category includes a gold medallion, a citation certificate, and prize money of Rs. 65 Lakh (over US$100,000).[1]

In 2008, the prize was jointly awarded by the Infosys Science Foundation and National Institute of Advanced Studies for mathematics.[2] The following year, three additional categories were added: Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences. In 2010, Engineering and Computer Science was added as a category. In 2012, a sixth category, Humanities, was added.


Laureates in Engineering and Computer Science[edit]

The Infosys Prize in Engineering and Computer Science has been awarded annually since 2010.

Year Laureate(s) Institution(s) Citation
2010 Ashutosh Sharma Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
2011 Kalyanmoy Deb Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur for his work in the fields of evolutionary multi-objective optimization and genetic algorithms.[3]
2012 Ashish Kishore Lele National Chemical Laboratory
2013 V. Ramgopal Rao Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
2014 Jayant Haritsa Indian Institute of Science
2015 Umesh Waghmare Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
2016 Viswanathan Kumaran Indian Institute of Science
2017 Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay Indian Statistical Institute for her scholarly record in algorithmic optimization and for its significant impact on biological data analysis. Her discoveries include a genetic marker for breast cancer, determination of co-occurrence of HIV and cancers and the role of white matter in Alzheimer’s disease.[4]

Laureates in Humanities[edit]

The Infosys Prize in Humanities has been awarded annually since 2012.

Year Laureate(s) Institution(s) Citation
2012 Sanjay Subrahmanyam University of California, Los Angeles for his path-breaking contribution to history. He is an outstanding scholar of early-modern (1500-1800) South Asian history. He has been able to develop a new genre of ‘connected history,’ involving persons, products, and social and political processes stretching from Melaka in the East to Portugal in the West.[5]
Amit Chaudhuri University of East Anglia for his imaginative and illuminating writings in literary criticism, which reflect a complex literary sensibility, and great theoretical mastery, along with a probing sense of detail. The Infosys Prize recognizes and celebrates the intellectual reach and the quiet humanity in his extraordinary writings.[6]
2013 Nayanjot Lahiri University of Delhi for her outstanding contribution towards the integration of archaeological knowledge with the historical understanding of India from the earliest times. She is an exceptional scholar of proto-historic and early India. Her wide-ranging work on the past and present illuminates many aspects that include contemporary Indian society.[7]
Ayesha Kidwai Jawaharlal Nehru University for her exceptional contribution to the field of theoretical linguistics. Her research on syntactic relations in Hindi-Urdu has related wider debates in linguistics to the study of Indian languages and has extended our understanding of India's linguistic diversity.[8]
2014 Shamnad Basheer Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access and SpicyIP for his outstanding contributions to a broad range of legal issues and legal education. He has been doing this with remarkable fair‑mindedness in assessing opposing positions taken on quintessentially controversial areas, such as intellectual property laws.[9]
2015 Jonardon Ganeri New York University
2016 Sunil Anrith Harvard University for his outstanding contributions to the history of migration, environmental history, and the history of international public health, and in recognition of his field-changing research on the interrelated past of contemporary Asia.[10]
2017 Ananya Jahanara Kabir King's College London for her highly original explorations of the long-standing historical elements - conceptual, social and cultural - in colonial modernity, and for her subtle and insightful ethnography of cultural and political life in Kashmir.[11]

Laureates in Life Sciences[edit]

The Infosys Prize in Life Sciences has been awarded annually since 2009.

Year Laureate(s) Institution(s) Citation
2009 K. VijayRaghavan National Centre for Biological Sciences for his many contributions as a developmental geneticist and neurobiologist.[12]
2010 Chetan E. Chitnis International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology for his pioneering work in understanding the interactions of the malarial parasite and its host, leading to the development of a viable malaria vaccine.[13]
2011 Imran Siddiqi Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology for his breakthrough contributions to the basic understanding of clonal seed formation in plants which can be applied to revolutionize agriculture, especially in the developing world.[14]
2012 Satyajit Mayor National Centre for Biological Sciences for new insights into regulated cell surface organization and membrane dynamics, necessary for understanding self-organization and trafficking of membrane molecules in living cells, and in signaling between cells.[15]
2013 Rajesh Sudhir Gokhale Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology for his work in the field of lipid metabolism in M. tuberculosis. He discovered fatty acyl AMP ligases in tubercle bacillus, their role in the generation of the lipid components of its cell wall and of their existence in other organisms, where they play a role in biosynthesis of complex molecules.[16]
2014 Shubha Tole Tata Institute of Fundamental Research for her significant contributions to our understanding of how the brain's structure and circuitry are formed in the embryo. Her research uncovers common genetic mechanisms that control the development of the hippocampus, cortex and amygdala.[17]
2015 Amit Sharma International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
2016 Gagandeep Kang Translational Health Science and Technology Institute for her pioneering contributions to understanding the natural history of rotavirus and other infectious diseases that are important both globally and in India. Her findings have enormous implications for vaccines and other public health measures to thwart these infections.[18]
2017 Upinder Singh Bhalla National Centre for Biological Sciences for his pioneering contributions to the understanding of the brain’s computational machinery. His investigations have revealed essential neuronal computations that underlie the ability to acquire, integrate and store complex sensory information, and to utilize that information for decision and action.[19]

Laureates in Mathematical Sciences[edit]

The Infosys Prize in Mathematical Sciences has been awarded annually since 2008.

Year Laureate(s) Institution(s) Citation
2008 Manindra Agrawal Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur for his outstanding contribution in the field of complexity theory, a branch of mathematics and computer science concerned with the study of algorithms for solving mathematical and related scientific problems, and especially their efficiency and running times.[20]
2009 Ashoke Sen Harish-Chandra Research Institute for his fundamental contributions to Mathematical Physics, in particular, to String Theory.[21]
2010 Chandrashekhar Khare University of California, Los Angeles for his fundamental contributions to Number Theory, particularly his solution of the Serre conjecture.[22]
2011 Kannan Soundararajan Stanford University for his path breaking work in analytic number theory and development of new techniques to study critical values of general zeta functions to prove the Quantum Unique Ergodicity Conjecture for classical holomorphic forms.[23]
2012 Manjul Bhargava Princeton University for his extraordinarily original work in algebraic number theory. His work has revolutionized the way in which various fundamental arithmetic objects, such as number fields and elliptic curves, are understood.[24]
2013 Rahul Pandharipande ETH Zurich for his profound work in algebraic geometry. In particular, for his work on Gromov-Witten theory for Riemann surfaces, for predicting the connection between Gromov-Witten and Donaldson‑Thomas theories, and for his recent work with Aaron Pixton that establishes this connection for Calabi-Yau 3-folds.[25]
2014 Madhu Sudan Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Microsoft Research for his seminal contributions to theoretical computer science, especially in the areas of Probabilistically Checkable Proofs (PCP) and error‑correcting codes.[26]
2015 Mahan Mj Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
2016 Akshay Venkatesh Stanford University for his exceptionally wide ranging, foundational and creative contributions to modern number theory. His unique ability to use wide ranging techniques drawn from analytic number theory, ergodic theory, homotopy theory to address concrete problems in number theory and discover new phenomena attest to the essential unity of mathematics.[27]
2017 Ritabrata Munshi Tata Institute of Fundamental Research for his outstanding contributions to analytic aspects of number theory. Besides ingenious contributions to the Diophantine problem, he has established important estimates known as sub-convexity bounds for a large class of L-functions with methods that are powerful and original.[28]

Laureates in Physical Sciences[edit]

The Infosys Prize in Physical Sciences has been awarded annually since 2009.

Year Laureate(s) Institution(s) Citation
2009 Thanu Padmanabhan Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics for his contribution to a deeper understanding of Albert Einstein’s theory of gravity in the context of thermodynamics, and for his work on the large scale structure in cosmology.[29]
2010 Sandip Trivedi Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
2011 Sriram Ramaswamy Indian Institute of Science for his research on various aspects of the collective behaviour of living systems ranging from bacteria to schools of fish in the ocean.[30]
2012 Ayyappanpillai Ajayagosh National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology
2013 Shiraz Minwalla Institute for Advanced Study and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
2014 Srivari Chandrasekhar Indian Institute of Chemical Technology
2015 G. Ravindra Kumar Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
2016 Anil Bhardwaj Physical Research Laboratory
2017 Yamuna Krishnan University of Chicago for her ground-breaking work in the emerging field of architecture of the building blocks of life—the DNA. By successfully manipulating DNA to create biocompatible nanomachines she has created novel ways of interrogating living systems, increasing our knowledge of cell function and getting one step closer to answering unresolved biomedical questions.[31]

Laureates in Social Sciences[edit]

The Infosys Prize in Social Sciences has been awarded annually since 2009.

Year Laureate(s) Institution(s) Citation
2009 Abhijit Banerjee Massachusetts Institute of Technology for his contributions to the economic theory of development, and for his pioneering work in the empirical evaluation of public policy.[32]
Upinder Singh University of Delhi for her contributions as a historian of ancient and early medieval Indian history.[33]
2010 Nandini Sundar Delhi School of Economics
Amita Baviskar Institute of Economic Growth
2011 Raghuram Govind Rajan University of Chicago for his analysis of the complex interaction between financial institutions, governments and people.[34]
Pratap Bhanu Mehta Center for Policy Research for broadening public discussion of important social, political and economic matters, bringing in heterodox perspectives and for constantly challenging reigning orthodoxies.[35]
2012 Arunava Sen Indian Statistical Institute
2013 Aninhalli R. Vasavi Nehru Memorial Museum & Library
2014 Esther Duflo Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2015 Srinath Raghavan Center for Policy Research
2016 Kaivan Munshi University of Cambridge
2017 Lawrence Liang Ambedkar University for his creative scholarship on law and society. His prodigious output in the fields of copyright law, digital technologies and media, and popular culture consistently raises probing questions about the nature of freedom, rights, and social development. His provocative answers link historical context and ethical practice in unexpected and illuminating ways.[36]


Trustees[edit]

Controversies[edit]

Lawrence Liang, a professor of law awarded the Infosys Prize, was found guilty by an internal university inquiry committee of sexually harassing a doctoral student on multiple occasions.[45][46][47][48][49] Following the adverse finding, prominent activists, academicians and gender rights groups issued a public statement on social media condemning Liang and criticising the award of the Infosys Prize to Liang.[50]

Notes[edit]

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