Amartya Sen was born in a Bengali family in Santiniketan, on the campus on Rabindranath Tagore’s Viswa-Bharati University. Rabindranath Tagore gave Amartya Sen his name.
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While at Presidency, Amartya Sen was diagnosed with oral cancer, and given a 15% chance of living five years. With radiation treatment, he survived, and moved to Cambridge, where he earned a second B.A. in Pure Economics in 1955 with a First Class, topping the list as well.