Dr. ngela Barreto Xavier of the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal, was given the Infosys Prize 2021 in Humanities for her well-researched and comprehensive examination of conversion and violence in the Portuguese empire in India, particularly in Goa. Dr. Xavier has established herself as an essential and unique voice on colonial and imperial history through her enormous body of work in both English and Portuguese. The winners of the Infosys Prize 2021 were announced today by the Infosys Science Foundation for their extraordinary contributions to science and research in six fields: engineering and computer science, humanities, life sciences, mathematics, physical sciences, and social sciences. Prof Gagandeep Kang FRS, Professor at CMC Vellore, Infosys Prize laureate 2016, and one of India’s foremost virologists, presented the awards to the winners. A pure gold medal, a citation, and a prize purse of $100,000 are included in the award, which is tax-free in India.
This year’s laureates were chosen from a competitive field of 201 nominations. According to a news release, the winners of the Infosys Prize 2021 were chosen by a distinguished jury of scholars and professors from some of the world’s most respected universities.