Indian Nobel Prize Winners

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Nobel Prizes are awarded every year in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, Economics, and Peace. Nobel Prizes are awarded, based on the 1895 will of Alfred Nobel, to “those who, during the preceding year, have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind”. Initially there were only 5 categories, but later in 1968 the category of Economic Sciences was added. Nobel Prizes are widely regarded as the most prestigious award s available in the respective fields. Here we shall see the list of Indian Nobel Prize winners, and also the first nobel prize winner of India, and other such details.

Below is the list of Indians (born or resident) who won the Nobel Prize

Indian Nobel Prize Winners List 

Name Field Year Work
Abhijit Banerjee*  Economics 2019 Shared the Nobel prize with Esther Duflo and Micheal Kremer. Received it for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.
Kailash Satyarthi  Peace 2014 For his work on right of education to all children.
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan*  Chemistry 2009 For his work on the Structure and function of the ribosome, macromolecular crystallography
Amartya Sen  Economics 1998 For his work on Poverty and welfare economics.
Dalai Lama* Peace 1989 Awarded Nobel peace prize for his consistent  resistance to the use of violence in his people’s struggle to regain their liberty.
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar*  Physics 1983 For his theoretical studies of the physical processes of importance to the structure and evolution of the stars
Mother Teresa  Peace 1979 In recognition of her work in bringing help to suffering humanity
Har Gobind Khorana*  Medicine 1968 For the interpretation of the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis
C. V. Raman  Physics 1930 For his work on Scattering of light, and the effect named after him called Raman effect.
Rabindranath Tagore  Literature 1913 He is the first non-European as well as the first lyricist to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Rudyard Kipling*  Literature 1907 Born in Bombay, British India. He was a Short Story writer, poet, novelist and a journalist.
Ronald Ross*  Medicine 1902 For his work on Malaria.  He is the first British Nobel Laurete, and the First Nobel Laureate born outside of Europe

*– Born in India but another national or overseas citizen of Indian Origin or resident of India

First Nobel Prize winner in India 

Rabindranath Tagore is the the first Indian to receive Nobel Prize.

Though, Sir Ronald Ross and Rudyard Kipling received the Nobel prize before him, they were British Nationals. It should be noted here that Sir Ronald Ross was born in Almora (in the present day Uttarakand District), and Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay (the present Mumbai).


Overseas Citizens of Indian Origin Nobel Prize Winners 

  • Har Gobind Khorana – 1968 – Medicine
  • Subrahmanyam Chandrasekhar – 1983 – Physics
  • Venki Ramakrishnan – 2009 – Chemistry
  • Abhijit Benerjee – 2019 – Economics


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