The Infosys Science Foundation has announced the winners of the Infosys Prize 2012 for their outstanding research contributions across six categories: Engineering & Computer Science, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences. Now in its fourth year, the Infosys Prize ranks among the highest monetary awards in India that recognizes scientific research. Infosys Science Foundation introduced a new category of Humanities earlier this year to expand the scope of the prize.
The prize for each category includes a gold medallion, a citation certificate, and prize money of Rs. 50 Lakh (over US$ 90000).
The distinguished winners of the Infosys Prize 2012 are:
Engineering and Computer Science
Dr. Ashish Lele, Scientist, National Chemical Laboratories, Pune, India
Physical Sciences - Dr. Ayyappanpillai Ajayaghosh, Senior Scientist, National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Thiruvananthapuram, India
Social Sciences - Prof. Arunava Sen, Professor, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India
History - Prof. Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Distinguished Professor of History and Navin & Pratima Doshi Endowed Chair in Pre-Modern Indian History, University of California at Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Literary Studies - Prof. Amit Chaudhuri, Professor of Contemporary Literature, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Life Sciences - Dr. Satyajit Mayor, Professor of Cellular Organization and Signaling at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India
Mathematical Sciences - Prof. Manjul Bhargava, Professor of Mathematics, Princeton University, Princeton, USA
S. Gopalakrishnan, Executive Co-Chairman, Infosys, and President of the Board of Trustees, Infosys Science Foundation, said "I congratulate each of the winners for their highly impressive achievements and contributions in their respective fields. We hope the winners will serve as role-models to motivate young Indians choose vocations in scientific research and increase innovative work and discovery being done in the country today."
NR Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus, Infosys, and Trustee, Infosys Science Foundation, said “It is our aim to promote ground-breaking research, while encouraging young minds in India to explore the sciences. The Infosys Prize is a step in this direction and will inspire many more Indians to achieve these important goals."
The seven winners of the Infosys Prize 2012 were informed of their selection earlier today by the trustees and jury chairs who evaluated their work along with panel members comprising of eminent scientists and professors from around the world. The jury chairs of the six categories are: Prof. Amartya Sen, Humanities; Dr. Kaushik Basu, Social Sciences; Prof. Shrinivas Kulkarni, Physical Sciences; Prof. Pradeep K. Khosla, Engineering & Computer Science; Prof. Srinivasa SR Varadhan, Mathematical Sciences and Prof. Inder Verma, Life Sciences.
The award ceremony for the Infosys Prize 2012 will be held on January 3, 2013 in New Delhi, where Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, the former Prime Minister of Norway and former Director General of the World Health Organization, will felicitate the winners.