Amartya Sen, recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in economics, came to the UT Dallas campus as the first speaker in the newly formed Jaya Lectures Series, which was organized by the University’s Asia Center.
Sen is a highly acclaimed economist, writer and philosopher who won the Nobel Prize for his contributions to welfare economics. Regarded as one of the world’s foremost thinkers, Sen was featured on Time magazine’s list of “World’s 50 Most Influential People Who Matter” and was named the “Third Most Influential Thought Leader of 2014” by Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.
Sen helped create the United Nations Human Development Index and is best known for his work on famine, poverty and the role of freedom as a means for development. He was the first person to measure gendercide. In 1990, he determined that 100 million women were demographically “missing” in the world due to vicious discriminatory practices. He has long championed education for girls and economic empowerment of women — as both a moral right and a tool for development.