Mr. Partha Dasgupta was educated in Varanasi (1958 from Rajghat Besant School), Delhi (B.Sc. Hons, in Physics, 1962, University of Delhi), and at University of Cambridge (B.A. Hons. in Mathematics, 1965, and Ph.D. in Economics, 1968). He taught at the London School of Economics during 1971-1984 and moved to the University of Cambridge in 1985 as Professor of Economics, where he served as Chairman of the Faculty of Economics in 1997-2001.
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 was Chairman of the (Scientific Advisory) Board of the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics, Stockholm. Since 1999 he has been a Founder Member of the Management and Advisory Committee of the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), Kathmandu.
In 1996 he helped to establish the journal Environment and Development Economics, published by Cambridge University Press. Professor Dasgupta is a Fellow or member of many different institutions, as the Econometric Society (1975), the British Academy (1989), or the Academia Europaea (2009); 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 was the recipient of the John Kenneth Galbraith Award, 2007, of the American Agricultural Economics Association.