Two Indian Americans among winners of Infosys Prize 2023

The award honours their contribution to scientific research and scholarship.

Madhu Balaji

Bhargav Bhatt (left) and Karuna Mantena (right) /

Two Indian Americans emerged as winners of the Infosys Prize 2023, announced by Infosys Science Foundation (ISF) under six categories – engineering and computer science, humanities, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences. The award honours their contribution to scientific research and scholarship.

Bhargav Bhatt, Fernholz joint professor at the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University, has bagged the Infosys Prize under Mathematical Sciences category for his contributions to arithmetic geometry and commutative algebra.

The Foundation also noted Bhatt’s joint work in prismatic cohomology with German mathematician Peter Scholze introducing new ideas and powerful methods in this area at the heart of pure mathematics.

Karuna Mantena, political science professor at Columbia University, has been awarded under the social sciences category for her research on the theory of imperial rule and the claim that this late imperial ideology became one of the important factors in the emergence of modern social theory. Her book Alibis of Empire and related papers are landmark publications in political theory with implications for all social sciences. 

Mantena earned B.Sc.(Economics) in international relations from the London School of Economics in 1995, an MA in ideology and discourse analysis from the University of Essex in 1996, and a doctorate from Harvard University in 2004.

According to press statement, the winners will be felicitated with a gold medal, a citation, and a prize of US $100,000. The winners were announced by the trustees of the Foundation, including Kris Gopalakrishnan, Narayana Murthy, Srinath Batni, K Dinesh and S D Shibula, at an event in Bengaluru.