Frankfurt / Main (dpa) - The Indian economist and philosopher Amartya Sen is today awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.

Because of the corona pandemic, the 86-year-old Sen does not accept the award personally, but will be switched on live from the USA on Sunday morning despite the time difference.

The laudation in the Paulskirche in Frankfurt was originally intended to be given by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

However, after the positive corona test by a bodyguard, the head of state had to go into quarantine on Saturday.

According to the Office of the Federal President, the award ceremony will take place anyway, and Steinmeier's speech will be read out by actor Burghart Klaußner.

Sen was born in Shantiniketan, West Bengal, in 1933 and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In 1998 he received the Nobel Prize in Economics.

The Foundation Council stated that he had “dealt with issues of global justice for decades as a thought leader”.

His work contributes to the fight against social inequality and is more relevant today than ever before.

The prestigious award is endowed with 25,000 euros.

It honors personalities who have contributed to the realization of the idea of ​​peace in literature, science or art.

In 2019, the award went to the Brazilian photographer and environmentalist Sebastião Salgado.

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