Abhijit Banerjee and his wife Esther Duflo won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences along with the Harvard professor Michael Kremer for their “experimental approach to alleviating global poverty”. Abhijit Banerjee is Kolkata born American economist and his wife Esther Duflo is a French-American economist. The couple is working with MIT
Esther Duflo is the youngest winner of Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
About the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
It is also known as “The Sveriges Riksbank ( Central Bank Of Sweden) Prize in Economic Sciences” and is awarded in the memory of Alfred Nobel, the founder of the Nobel Prize. Along with the recognition, the award comes with 9 million Swedish krona ( INR 6.6 crore around) to share.
Earlier five couples won the Nobel Prize in different fields as follow
1. Nobel Prize 1903 in Physics to Marie and Pierre Curie
Marie Curie the only person to win Nobel Prize in two different sciences Physics and Chemistry. She was also the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics.
2. Nobel Prize 1935 in Chemistry to Irène Curie and Frédéric Joliot
3. Nobel Prize 1947 in Medicine to Gerty and Carl Cori
4..Alva and Gunnar Myrdal: Nobel Prize in Economics to Gunnar in 1974 and Peace Prize to Alva in 1982. They are so far the only wife/husband team to acquire two awards in different disciplines
5. Nobel Prize 2014 in Medicine to May-Britt and Edvard Moser
The Kolkata Connection
Most of the Indian Nobel Laureates have some connection with Kolkata, either as their birthplace or as a workplace. Nobel winners Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore, Physicist C V Raman, Mother Teresa, Economist and philosopher Amartya Sen, British medical doctor Sir Ronald Ross, Abhijit Banerjee, and Abhishek Mukherjee, all associated with Kolkata