Partha Dasgupta, who was born in Dhaka (at that time in India) and educated in Varanasi, Delhi, and Cambridge, is the Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics and past Chairman (1997-2002) of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge. He taught at the London School of Economics during 1971-1984 and moved to the University of Cambridge in 1985 as Professor of Economics. During 1989-92 he was also Professor of Economics, Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Program in Ethics in Society at Stanford University; and during 1991-97 he served as Chairman of the (Scientific Advisory) Board of the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics, Stockholm.
Professor Dasgupta's research interests have covered welfare and development economics, the economics of technological change, population, environmental and resource economics, the theory of games, and the economics of undernutrition. His publications include "Guidelines for Project Evaluation" (with S.A. Marglin and A.K. Sen; United Nations, 1972), "Economic Theory and Exhaustible Resources" (with G.M. Heal; Cambridge University Press, 1979 [recipient of the United States Association of Environmental and Resource Economists "Publication of Enduring Quality Award 2003"]); "The Control of Resources" (Harvard University Press, 1982); "An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution" (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1993); "Human Well-Being and the Natural Environment" (Oxford University Press, 2001; revised edition, 2004); and "Economics: A Very Short Introduction" (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2007).
Professor Dasgupta is a Fellow of the Econometric Society (1975), Fellow of the British Academy (1989), Fellow of the Royal Society (2004), Member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (1998), Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (2001), Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (1991), Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics (1995), Honorary Member of the American Economic Association (1997), Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1991), Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences (2001), and Foreign Member of the American Philosophical Society (2005). He is a past President of the Royal Economic Society (1998-2001), the European Economic Association (1999), and Section F (Economics) of the BA (British Association for the Advancement of Science) Festival of Science (2006).
Professor Dasgupta was named Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in her Birthday Honours List in 2002 for "services to economics", was co-winner (with Karl-Goran Maler of the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics, Stockholm) of the 2002 Volvo Environment Prize and of the 2004 Kenneth E. Boulding Memorial Award of the International Society for Ecological Economics, and is the recipient of the John Kenneth Galbraith Award, 2007, of the American Agricultural Economics Association.