Bengaluru: The Infosys Science Foundation (ISF) on Friday announced six winners of the Infosys Prize 2016 in the categories of Engineering and Computer Science, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences.
The prize for each category consists of a purse of Rs65 lakh, a 22-carat gold medallion and a citation certificate, the foundation said.
The winners of the Infosys Prize 2016 are: (1) Engineering and computer science: Prof. V. Kumaran, professor, department of chemical engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru; (2) Humanities: Prof. Sunil Amrith, Mehra family professor of south-asian studies, professor of history, Harvard University; (3) Life Sciences: Dr. Gagandeep Kang, executive director of Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad; (4) Mathematical Sciences: Prof. Akshay Venkatesh, professor, department of mathematics, Stanford University; (5) Physical Sciences: Dr. Anil Bhardwaj, director, space physics laboratory, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, and (6) Social Sciences: Prof. Kaivan Munshi, Frank Ramsey professor of economics, faculty of economics, University of Cambridge.
The awards ceremony for the Infosys Prize 2016 will be held on 7 January 2017 in Bengaluru, where Prof. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, president of the Royal Society and Nobel Prize Laureate will felicitate the winners, the foundation said in a statement.
The winners were shortlisted from over 250 nominations by a jury panel, comprising renowned scientists and professors, it said. The jury chairs of the six categories are: Prof. Pradeep K. Khosla (University of California San Diego) for engineering and computer science; Prof. Amartya Sen (Harvard University) for humanities; Dr. Inder Verma (Salk Institute of Biological Sciences) for life sciences; Prof. Srinivasa S.R. Varadhan (New York University) for mathematical sciences; Prof. Shrinivas Kulkarni (California Institute of Technology) for physical sciences; and Prof. Kaushik Basu (Cornell University) for social sciences.