Partha Sarathi Dasgupta

Partha Sarathi Dasgupta

British economist of Indian origin
Date of Birth: 17.11.1942
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Partha Sarathi Dasgupta
  2. Education and Career
  3. Professional Achievements

Biography of Partha Sarathi Dasgupta

Partha Sarathi Dasgupta is a British economist of Indian origin. He is currently a professor of economics at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society. He is also a professor at St John's College, Cambridge, and an honorary professor at Trinity College, Cambridge. Additionally, he is a professor of development economics and environmental economics at the University of Manchester.

Partha Sarathi Dasgupta was born on November 17, 1942, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which was a part of India at that time. His father, Amiya Kumar Dasgupta, was a renowned economist and one of the founding fathers of modern Indian economics. Partha Sarathi Dasgupta is married to Carol Dasgupta, a psychotherapist, and they have three children: Zubeida Dasgupta-Clark, a psychology teacher, Shamik Dasgupta, a philosophy professor, and Aisha Dasgupta, who works in healthcare in developing countries.

Education and Career

In 1958, Dasgupta completed his schooling at Rajghat Besant School in Varanasi, India, and went on to study physics at the University of Delhi, graduating in 1962. He then traveled to England and obtained a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 1965. In 1968, he earned his Ph.D. in economics from Cambridge, under the supervision of Professor Sir James Mirrlees.

Dasgupta currently lectures for master's and doctoral students at the University of Cambridge and the University of Manchester since 2008. His research interests include welfare and development economics, economics of technological change, population economics, ecology and resources, social capital, game theory, and the role of malnutrition in the economic process.

Professional Achievements

From 1971 to 1984, Dasgupta taught at the London School of Economics, becoming a professor in 1978. In January 1985, he joined the University of Cambridge as a professor of economics and served as the head of the economics department from 1997 to 2001. From 1989 to 1992, Dasgupta took a leave of absence from Cambridge and taught economics and philosophy at Stanford University. He was also the head of the program on the role of ethics in society at Stanford. He returned to Cambridge in October 1991 and officially left Stanford in 1992.

From 1991 to 1997, Dasgupta served as the chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1999-2000, he was one of the founders of the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics based in Kathmandu. In 1996, he was involved in the creation of the journal "Environment and Development Economics," published by Cambridge University Press, which aims to provide a platform for scholars from developing countries to publish their research internationally.

Since 2007, Dasgupta has been a professor at Cornell University and the president of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE).