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science professor , writer

Sunetra Gupta is a novelist, and Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at the University of Oxford with an interest in infectious disease agents that are responsible for malaria, HIV, influenza and bacterial meningitis. She sits on the European Advisory Board of Princeton University Press.


  • She has been awarded the Scientific Medal by the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award for her scientific research. Her novels have been awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Southern Arts Literature Prize, shortlisted for the Crossword Award, and longlisted for the Orange Prize.

    Gupta's portrait was on display during the prestigious Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition along with leading female scientist such as Madame Curie in July 2013.

    Gupta wrote her first works of fiction in Bengali. She was the translator of the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore. She wrote many novels, of which in October 2012 her fifth novel, So Good in Black was longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.


    Memories of Rain (1992)

    The Glassblower's Breath (1993)

    Moonlight into Marzipan (1995)

    A Sin of Colour (1999)

    So Good in Black (2009)