Tricks to Remember Nobel Laureates of India

By Avinash Kumar|Updated : August 3rd, 2021

Noble Prize: The Nobel Prize is not a single prize but five separate prizes that, according to Alfred Nobel's will of 1895, are awarded to ”those who, during the preceding year, have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind. A person or organization awarded the Nobel Prize is called Nobel Laureate. The word “laureate” refers to being signified by the laurel wreath.  Nobel Prizes are awarded in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace (Nobel characterized the Peace Prize as "to the person who has done the most or best to advance fellowship among nations". Many Indians also awarded Nobel prize for their work in many fields. 


List of Nobel Prize winner from India:

Rabindranath Tagore (1913)

Rabindranath Tagore was the first Asian to receive the Nobel Prize. He received the Nobel prize when India was still a colony of East India Company/ Britain.

He got the Nobel prize for literature viz. for Gitanjali or Song Offerings, a collection of poems. Tagore was a poet, artist, author, and thinker. He was given the knighthood from Britain in honor of his work.

He composed the national anthem for two countries: India and Bangladesh. India – Jana Gana Mana and Bangladesh – Amar Sonar Bangla.

CV Raman (1930)

CV Raman got the Nobel prize for his contribution to the field of Physics. He was the second Nobel Prize winner from India for his distinguished work in the scattering of light.

His research is known as the Raman Effect or Raman scattering. He was also the first Asian to be awarded the Nobel prize in the field of Science. He was also the recipient of Bharat Ratna.

Har Gobind Khurana (1968)

Har Gobind Khurana was born in Raipur, he then moved to the United States of America and became an American citizen.
He got the Nobel prize for his distinguished research on genetics. He shared the Nobel prize with his fellow researcher Marshall W. Nirenberg.

Mother Teresa (1979)

Mother Teresa moved to India when she was 19. She was originally born in Serbia. She dedicated her life to serve and uplift the needy and the poor. She was trained and taught in Darjeeling and later she started working through the organization ‘Missionaries of Charity. Her strife to end poverty made her to won the Nobel Prize in 1979.

Subramanyam Chandrashekhar (1983)

He was born in Lahore when India was colonized by Britain. Later, he moved to the United States and gained citizenship of the country. His uncle was CV Raman who as stated earlier was also a Nobel Prize winner. He got the Nobel prize for his contribution to the field of Physics.

Amartya Sen (1998)

Amartya Sen was born and raised in Kolkata. He got the Nobel Prize for his contribution in the field of Economics and for his work on welfare Economics. The famous book ‘The Argumentative Indian’ was written by Amartya Sen.

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (2009)

Ramakrishnan was born in Tamil Nadu. He has won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. He is also a recipient of the Padma Vibhushana. His works include distinguished contributions in RNA structural ribosomes.

Kailash Satyarthi (2014)

Bachpan Bachao Andolan is an NGO founded by this iconic figure to strive against child labor and to secure the rights of children.

As a child activist, he has liberated nearly 1 lakh children from child labor, trafficking, and slavery. He shared his Nobel Prize in Peace with Malala Yousafzai.

Abhijit Banerjee (2019)

Born and educated mostly in India, he is a recent addition in the Nobel Prize Winners’ List. He has won the Nobel Prize in Economics and shares it with Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer. Their work was based on alleviating global poverty. He presently lives and works in the United States.

Trick to Remember Nobel Laureates of India



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