Technically, Nobel prizes are awarded to those “who conferred the greatest benefit on mankind”, as willed by Sir Alfred Nobel.
Even Mahatma Gandhi has been nominated, not once but several times.
We decided to brush up our memories ( and yours too) and remember the eminent Indian legends who were awarded the coveted prize.
1. Rabindranath Tagore
The first non-European to win a Nobel Prize, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1913 for the ethereal Gitanjali. Tagore brought about the revolution of Contextual Modernism to the then idealistic poetry.
2. Amartya Sen
Named Amartya by Tagore, Sen has made contributions in the fields of welfare economics, social theory and social justice and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998.
3. Dr. Hargobind Khorana
Dr. Khorana was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1968 for his study of the Human Genetic Code and its role in Protein Synthesis.
4. Mother Teresa
A Yugoslavian, who became an Indian citizen, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace for her humanitarian service towards the people of Calcutta.
5. Dr. C.V Raman
The Indian Scientist- Physicist was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930 for the invention of Raman Effect.
6. Dr. Subramanian Chandrashekhar
Nephew to C.V Raman, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1983 for his theory on white dwarf stars’ limitation.
7. Kailash Satyarthi
The Indian Child Rights’ Activist jointly won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2014 with Malala Yousafzai for their struggle against suppression of children and their education.