Siddhartha Mukherjee bag Pulitzer Prize 2011

Indian-American physician Siddhartha Mukherjee has become the fourth person of Indian origin to bag the prestigious Pulitzer Prize 2011 in the general non-fiction category for his acclaimed book on cancer, 'The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.' According to the Pulitzer citation, the book by the New York-based cancer physician and researcher , "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer", published by HarperCollins, was described by the jury as "an elegant inquiry, at once clinical and personal, into the long history of an insidious disease that, despite treatment breakthroughs, still bedevils medical science", said P M Sukumar, CEO of HarperCollins India, "Siddhartha Mukherjee has produced a real tour de force, with 'The Emperor of All Maladies'.
The Pulitzer for general non-fiction is awarded to a "distinguished and appropriately documented book of nonfiction by an American author that is not eligible for consideration in any other category". It carries a USD 10,000 award. India-born Mukherjee is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a staff cancer physician at Columbia University Medical Centre. A Rhodes scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford, Harvard Medical School. He has published articles in Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times and The New Republic. In his book, Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories and deaths, told through the "eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out war against cancer". An award-winning science writer, Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a historian's perspective and a biographer's passion.