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Infosys Science Foundation Announces Winners Of The Infosys Prize 2012

Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. Ashish Lele, Scientist, National Chemical Laboratories,  Pune ,  India

Humanities
  • 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 ,  U.K.

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 ,  U.S.A.

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

Mr. 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. Scientific advances are important drivers of healthy economies. The ability to create, distribute, and use knowledge is a major source of competitive advantage, wealth creation, and quality-of-life improvements. 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."

Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy , Chairman Emeritus, Infosys, and Trustee, Infosys Science Foundation, said: "I am delighted that the Infosys Prize continues to recognize the finest researchers for their unparalleled achievements. 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 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.

In its efforts to elevate the prestige of scientific research in the country, the Infosys Science Foundation is lending a special focus to the development of Mathematics, with 2012 marked as the National Year of Mathematics by the Government of India. The Foundation has already orchestrated lectures across the country and inter-school Fests on Mathematics aimed at fostering enthusiasm and excitement around this academic field.

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