Here are all the Indian and India-origin Nobel laureates

Jan 11, 2016, 11:18 IST | Agencies

With Indian child rights activist and Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi celebrating his 62nd birthday today, here's a look at the other Indian and India-origin people to have won the Nobel prize.

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Child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi
Child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi

Rabindranath Tagore (1913/Literature)

C.V. Raman (1930/Physics)

Har Gobind Khorana (1968/Medicine)

Mother Teresa (1979/Peace)

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1983/Physics)

Amartya Sen (1998/Economics)

Abdus Salam (1979/Physics, India-born Pakistani citizen)

V.S. Naipaul (2001/Literature, Trinidad-born British citizen of Indian descent)

Muhammad Yunus (2006/Peace, India-born Bangladeshi citizen)

Rajendra K. Pachauri (2007/Peace, Indian citizen and the chairman of Nobel winning IPCC)

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (2009/Chemistry, India-born US citizen)

Ronald Ross (1902/Medicine, India-born British citizen)

Rudyard Kipling (1907/Literature, India-born British citizen)


14th Dalai Lama (1989/Peace, Tibetan religious leader residing in India)


Possibly India's best known face against child labour, Kailash Satyarthi and his organisation, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) - the Save Childhood Movement, have single-handedly brought to centre-stage the debate on child rights in India.

Satyarthi and the BBA have so far freed 80,000 children from servitude, including bonded labourers, and helped in their successful re-integration, rehabilitation and education.

Officially there are only about five million child workers in India, but NGOs and others say the actual figure is ten times as much.

The Delhi-based Satyarthi, 60, has been a persistent campaigner worldwide on social issues involving children.

Satyarthi gave up a promising career as an electrical engineer at the age of 26, has since highlighted child labour as a human rights issue as well as a welfare matter and charitable cause. He has argued that it perpetuates poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, population growth and other social problems.

Several prestigious awards have been conferred on him, including Defenders of Democracy Award (2009-US), Alfonso Comin International Award (2008-Spain), Medal of the Italian Senate (2007-Italy), and Robert F. Kennedy International Human Rights Award (US).

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