Infosys Science Foundation (ISF) revealed 2023 laureates across six categories on November 15th. These six categories mainly include engineering and computer sciences, humanities, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physical sciences and social sciences.
The winners of Infosys Awards 2023 are:
Engineering and Computer Science:
- Professor Sachchida Nand Tripathi: Infosys Prize 2023 in Engineering and Computer Science has been awarded to Sachchida Nand Tripathi of Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE), IIT-Kanpur, for setting up a large-scale sensor-based air quality network and mobile laboratory.
- Pro. Tripathi has done hyper local measurement, data generation and analysis of pollution using artificial intelligence and machine learning for effective air quality management and citizen awareness.
- Pro. Tripathi's research has shown that the key difference between observations of winter haze formation in Delhi and other places like Beijing is that the nano-particle growth-rate is much higher in Delhi. This discovery is the key to reducing air pollution in India.
- The Infosys Prize in the Humanities 2023 is awarded to Jhanvi Phalki, Founder Director, Science Gallery Bengaluru, for her brilliant and nuanced insights into the personal, institutional and material history of scientific research in modern India.
- Jhanvi Phalki's book, ‘The Atomic State’ deeply connects the global history of science, especially nuclear science, with the anthropology of the post-colonial state to uncover the rich and textured history of the everyday life of science in India.
- The Infosys Prize in Life Sciences 2023 has been awarded to Arun Kumar Shukla, Professor of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, IIT-Kanpur, for his outstanding and far-reaching contributions to the field of G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) biology.
- Pro. Shukla's research has established a new understanding of GPCRs, one of the most important classes of drug targets.
- The Infosys Prize 2023 in the Mathematical Sciences has been awarded to Bhargav Bhatt, Fernholz Joint Professor, Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University, for his outstanding and original contributions to arithmetic geometry and commutative algebra.
- Professor Bhatt's joint research in prismatic cohomology with the German mathematician Peter Scholz introduces new ideas and powerful methods to this area at the heart of pure mathematics.
- Infosys Prize in Physical Sciences 2023 awarded to Mukund Thattai Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Bioinformatics, National Center for Biological Sciences. Mukund Thattai is awarded for his groundbreaking contributions to evolutionary cell biology.
- Pro. Thattai's research reveals how complex cellular organization emerged from microscopic disorder.
- Thattai's research could have profound implications for one of the central mysteries of biology, how complex cells emerged from primitive cells.
- Infosys Prize in Social Sciences 2023, Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. Awarded to Karuna Mantena for his ground-breaking research on the theory of royal rule. Pro. Mantena claims that this became one of the important factors in the emergence of late imperial ideology.
- Professor of Modern Social Theory Mantena's book Alibis of Empire is a landmark publication in political theory with implications for all social sciences.
About Infosys Awards:
- Since its inception in 2008, the Infosys Prize has honored the achievements of recipients and their contributions to scientific research and scholarship impacting India.
- The award in each category consists of a gold medal, a citation, and a prize of US$100,000 (or its equivalent in Indian Rupees).
- The event was organized at the Infosys Science Foundation office in Bengaluru.
- The winners of the Infosys Prize 2023 have been selected from 224 nominations by an international panel of jury members comprising world-renowned scholars and experts.
- The Infosys Prize is currently India's largest award that recognizes excellence in science and research.