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Kailash Satyarthi added to the list of Indian recipients of the coveted Nobel Prize

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India’s share of global achievers is noteworthy in all fields. The same can be seen in the Indian achievers of the much coveted Nobel Prize. The prize is given annually in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, Peace and Economics. Kailash Satyarthi was jointly presented with the Nobel Peace Prize along with Malala Yousafzai today. Mr. Satyarthi is the founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or the Save the Childhood Movement, which campaigns for child rights and an end to human trafficking.
Here are other Indians who have brought the Nobel Prize home with worldwide glory-


Rabindranath Tagore

The first non-European to win a Nobel for Literature in 1913 for ‘Geetanjali’, a collection of poems. His verses, poetry and writings have been considered phenomenal in India as well as the West.

C.V Raman

A Physicist, Raman was awarded with the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1930 for his groundbreaking research and the ‘Raman Effect’ of light which was named after him.

Dr. Hargobind Khorana

India’s doctorate in Chemistry, he shared the Nobel in 1968 for Physiology or Medicine with Robert Holley and Marshall Nirenberg for his work in Human Genetic Code and its role in Protein Synthesis.

Mother Teresa

A Yogoslavian nun who later became a citizen of India, she was awarded Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979. She served people suffering from Leprosy and to those people dying in destitute through her Charitable Mission “Nirmal Hriday” at Calcutta.

Amartya Sen

A professor of Economics, Sen became the first Indian to win a Nobel for Economics in 1998 for his work in Welfare Economics contributing largely to the field of Poverty, Democracy, Development and Social Welfare.

Subrahmanyan Chandrashekhar

He shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1983 with William Alfred Fowler for his theoretical studies of the ‘physical processes of importance to the structure and evolution of the stars’.


While these scientists are natives of India, there are also many other Nobel Prize winners who are of Indian descent and have made India proud by their achievements. These personalities are –

V.S Naipaul

A British writer of Indian origin, he won the Nobel for Literature in 2001. Born in Trinidad, he based his all-time popular novel, A House of Mr. Biswas, on life of an Indian immigrant in Trinidad.


 Dr. Venkataraman Ramakrishnan

An Indo-American who shared the Nobel for Chemistry in 2009 with Israel’s Thomas Steitz and Ada Yonath for their work in mapping ribosomes, the protein procucing factories within cells at the atomic level.


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