Bangalore: The Infosys Foundation on Monday
announced the winners of Infosys Prize 2009, recognising
outstanding contributions to scientific research in India.
Thanu Padmanabhan of Inter-University Centre for
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, is the winner of Infosys
Prize 2009 for Physical Sciences, in recognition of his
contribution to a deeper understanding of Einstein's theory of
gravity in the context of thermodynamics and large scale
structure in cosmology.
Ashoke Sen of Harish Chandra Research Institute,
Allahabad, has been chosen in Mathematical Sciences, in
recognition of his fundamental contributions to Mathematical
Physics, in particular String Theory.
K Vijay Raghavan of National Centre of Biological
Sciences here, is the winner of the prize in the Life Sciences
category, in recognition of his many contributions as a
developmental geneticist and neurobiologist.
The winners were announced by the Trustees of the Infosys
Science Foundation at an event held at Infosys Campus here.
The two winners in the Social Sciences and Economics
category are: Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee of Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT), for his stellar contributions
to economic theory of development and for his pioneering work
in empirical evaluation of public policy and Upinder Singh of
University of Delhi, in recognition for her contributions as
an outstanding historian of ancient and early medieval India.
First Published: Monday, November 30, 2009, 20:20