Bengalurean among six to get coveted Infosys Prize

Prof Upinder Singh Bhalla of Bengaluru-based National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) was among the six scientists and academicians selected for the coveted Infosys Prize.

The Infosys Science Foundation, on Wednesday, announced the winners of the Infosys Prize for the year 2017.

The prize is awarded in six categories - Engineering and Computer Science, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Prof Bhalla was awarded in the Life Sciences category for his contribution to understanding the brain's computational machinery.

In the Engineering and Computer Science category, the coveted prize was awarded to Prof Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, director of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, for her work in algorithmic optimization which had an impact on studies about breast cancer, HIV, and Alzheimer's disease.

Prof Ananya Jahanara Kabir, a professor of English Literature at King's College, London, was awarded in the Humanities category for her ethnography of life in Kashmir and exploration of historic elements in colonial modernity.

Prof Ritabrata Munshi from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, was picked for the award in the Mathematics category for his contribution to analytical aspects of the number theory.

In the Physical Sciences category, Prof Yamuna Krishnan from the department of chemistry at the University of Chicago, received the award for her contributions in the field of DNA architecture.

In the Social Sciences category, the award was given to Prof Lawrence Liang from the School of Law, Ambedkar University, Delhi, for his work on copyright law, digital technologies and media.

The prize carries a purse of Rs 65 lakh, a gold medal and a citation. The award ceremony will be held on January 10, 2018. Prof Kip Thorne who won the Nobel Prize in Physics, this year, for his contributions to the detection of gravitational waves, will be a special guest at the event.

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