Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Feb 15, 2012, 08:53 AM IST
Renowned Indian economist Amartya Sen was awarded the 2011 National Humanities Medal by US President Barack Obama at a White House event yesterday.
The 1998 Nobel Prize winner for Economics was recognised for "his insights into the causes of poverty, famine, and injustice."
"By applying philosophical thinking to questions of policy, he has changed how standards of living are measured and increased our understanding of how to fight hunger," the White House page listing the names of the awardees said.
The 2011 National Humanities Medal were also given to Kwame Anthony Appiah, John Ashbery, Robert Darnton, Andrew Delbanco, National History Day, Charles Rosen sand Teofilo Ruiz, besides Sen.
The 2011 National Medal of Arts were awarded to Will Barnet, Rita Dove, Al Pacino [ Images ], Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Martin Puryear, Mel Tillis, United Service Organisation and Andre Watts.
First Lady Michelle Obama also attended the event.