NEW DELHI, India, January 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
- India's Finest Research Achievements of 2009 Recognized
The Infosys Prize 2009 laureates were today felicitated and awarded at a
grand ceremony in New Delhi by the Honorable Vice President of India Shri
Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Chief Guest of the program hosted by the Infosys
Science Foundation. The prize in each category comprised a special medallion,
a citation expounding the laureate's work and Rs. 50 lakh as prize money.
During this special evening, the jury chairs of the five disciplines -
Prof. Amartya Sen for Social Sciences and Economics, Prof. Shrinivas Kulkarni
for Physical Sciences, Prof. Srinivas Varadhan for Mathematical Sciences,
Prof. Subra Suresh for Engineering Sciences and Prof. Inder Verma for Life
Sciences - described the evaluation methodology of each category and
introduced the laureates.
The laureates of the Infosys Prize 2009, in the different disciplines are:
Thanu Padmanabhan of Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and
Astrophysics, Pune, in recognition of his contribution to a deeper
understanding of Einstein's theory of gravity in the context of thermo
dynamics and large-scale structure in cosmology.
Ashoke Sen of Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad, in
recognition of his fundamental contributions to Mathematical Physics,
particularly to String Theory.
K. VijayRaghavan of National Centre of Biological Sciences, Bangalore, in
recognition of his many contributions as a developmental geneticist and
Social Sciences and Economics
Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in
recognition of his outstanding contributions to the economic theory of
development, and for his pioneering work in the empirical evaluation of
Upinder Singh of the University of Delhi, in recognition for her
contributions as an outstanding historian of ancient and early medieval India.
No prize was awarded for the Engineering Sciences discipline this year.
This is a unanimous decision by the Jury as they did not find a suitable
candidate in accordance with the statutes of the Infosys Prize.
Delivering the welcome address, Mr. N. R. Narayana Murthy, the President
of the Board of Trustees of the Infosys Science Foundation said, "Research in
sciences is the bedrock of social and technological progress in our society
and this has never been more crucial to India's future than at this point in
time. There is a significant depth of scientific talent in this country and
the objective of the Infosys Prize is to identify and encourage such
outstanding talent. The work done by the Infosys Prize 2009 laureates are
strong examples of the quality of research talent in India. By recognizing
and appropriately rewarding their achievements, we hope to persuade more
bright young people to adopt careers in research."
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari, said, "I
congratulate the laureates of the Infosys Prize 2009. Their signal
contributions in their areas of specialization have been recognized. They
pursued excellence with an intensity that made all obstacles evaporate. Its
recognition today will have a demonstration effect and inspire others to do
likewise. It will boost the confidence of researchers in physical, biological
and social sciences and related branches of knowledge."
The Chief Executive Officer of Infosys Technologies and Trustee, Infosys
Science Foundation, Mr. S. Gopalakrishnan presented the vote of thanks.
The Infosys Science Foundation was established in February 2009 to
promote world-class research in the natural and social sciences in India. The
Infosys Prize is annually awarded in five disciplines to reward and recognize
outstanding inventions or discovery or a cumulative body of work done in
India. The Infosys Prize is amongst the highest in terms of prize money for
any award in India. The laureates of the Infosys Prize are chosen by
individual jury panels, comprising international jurors who evaluate the
candidates against international research.
About the Infosys Science Foundation
The Infosys Science Foundation is a not-for-profit trust set up by
Infosys Technologies in February 2009 to promote research in sciences in
India. Under the aegis of the foundation, Infosys will honor outstanding
contributions and achievements by Indians across various sciences. The annual
award for each category is Rs. 50 lakh. The Infosys Science Foundation is
funded by a corpus of Rs. 45 crore* contributed by Infosys executive board
members and an annual grant from Infosys Technologies Ltd. The jury panel for
each area consists of eminent international personalities in each area
selected by the trustees of the foundation. For more information, please
About Infosys Technologies Ltd.
Infosys Technologies Limited (NASDAQ: INFY) defines, designs and delivers
IT-enabled business solutions that help Global 2000 companies win in a Flat
World. These solutions focus on providing strategic differentiation and
operational superiority to clients. With Infosys, clients are assured of a
transparent business partner, world-class processes, speed of execution and
the power to stretch their IT budget by leveraging the Global Delivery Model
that Infosys pioneered. Infosys has over 105,000 employees in over 50 offices
worldwide. Infosys is part of the NASDAQ-100 Index and The Global Dow.
For more information, visit http://www.infosys.com.
* The Infosys Science Foundation was established with a total corpus of
Rs.45 crore (approximately USD $10 Mn) contributed by Infosys Technologies
Limited and its executive directors. In addition, Infosys Technologies
Limited will also contribute Rs. 4.6 crore (approximately USD $1 Mn) every
year towards the prize money and expenses.
For further information please contact:
Infosys Technologies Ltd, US
Phone: +1-213-622-4949, Ext 206
Sarah Vanita Gideon
Infosys Technologies Ltd,
Infosys Technologies Ltd,
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