Infosys Science Foundation Announces Infosys Prize 2011 Winners

Launches Infosys Prize Lecture Series at a National Level to Engage and Inspire Young Minds to Pursue Careers in Scientific Research

Bangalore, India - November 16, 2011

The Infosys Science Foundation today announced the winners of the Infosys Prize 2011, recognizing outstanding contributions across five categories of scientific research - Engineering and Computer Science, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences.

As it enters its third year, the Infosys Prize continues to carry the largest prize purse in India for scientific research. The trustees of the Infosys Science Foundation announced the winners at a press conference held at the Infosys campus in Bangalore and unveiled the 'Infosys Prize Lectures'. The Lectures, a series of public talks, will showcase research and experiences of laureates and distinguished jurors of the Prize, with a view to motivate and encourage young talent to undertake research as a career, thereby advancing and promoting scientific research in India.

The six winners were informed of their selection only earlier the same morning via a phone call from the Trustees and the respective jury chairs, who evaluated their work along with eminent jury panels comprising of noted scientists and professors from across the globe. The jury chairs of the five disciplines are: Prof. Amartya Sen for Social Sciences, Prof. Shrinivas Kulkarni for Physical Sciences, Prof. Pradeep K. Khosla for Engineering and Computer Science, Prof. S. R. Varadhan for Mathematical Sciences and Prof. Inder Verma for Life Sciences.

In recognition of their outstanding contribution to scientific research, each winner will receive a 22-karat gold medallion, a citation certificate and prize money of   50 lakh.

The award ceremony for the Infosys Prize 2011 will be held on January 9, 2012 in Bangalore, where Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam will felicitate the winners.

The winners of the Infosys Prize 2011 are:

Engineering and Computer Science
Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb, Gurmukh and Veena Mehta Endowed Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, and the Director of the Kanpur Genetic Algorithms Laboratory, Kanpur, India

Life Sciences
Dr. Imran Siddiqi, Scientist and Group Leader, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, India

Mathematical Sciences
Prof. Kannan Soundararajan, Professor of Mathematics and the Director of the Mathematics Research Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA

Physical Sciences
Prof. Sriram Ramaswamy, Professor, CCMT, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Social Sciences - Economics
Prof. Raghuram G. Rajan, Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance and the Charles M. Harper Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, Chicago, USA

Social Sciences - Political Science and International Relations
Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. N. R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus, Infosys Limited and Trustee, Infosys Science Foundation said, "I would like to congratulate the winners of the Infosys Prize 2011 for world-class contributions in their respective areas of specialization. The winners' effort and dedication to science, discovery and development will no doubt inspire educationists and researchers in India and around the world to strive harder to excel in science and technology and attain global recognition. The Infosys Prize is our commitment to further encourage deserving and brilliant young scientists at a time when it can make a greater difference to their work and their career as well as to attract young minds to research."

Mr. T. V. Mohandas Pai, President of the Board of Trustees, Infosys Science Foundation said, "Scientific research is one of the most powerful accelerators of growth and development, especially for an emerging economy like India. We instituted the Infosys Prize with the aim to not only recognize some of the finest researchers but also encourage a research-oriented mindset among students. As the Infosys Science Foundation runs successfully into its third year, we have launched the Infosys Prize Lectures to inspire the future heroes of scientific research and studies in our society."


About the Infosys Science Foundation

The Infosys Science Foundation is a not-for-profit trust set up in February 2009 by the management of Infosys. The Infosys Prize, awarded under the aegis of the Foundation, honors outstanding achievements of researchers and scientists across five categories of scientific research, including Physical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Engineering and Computer science, Life Sciences and Social Sciences.

Each award carries a cash prize of INR 50 Lakh, a 22 karat gold medallion and a citation certificate. The Infosys Science Foundation is funded by a corpus which today stands at INR 100 crore, contributed by the Trustees of the Infosys Science Foundation and an annual grant from Infosys Limited. 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.

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