First Indian Awardees of International Awards

International Awards - Indian Recipients
1st Indian to be awarded the Nobel prize in any field (literature)Rabindranath Tagore
1st Indian to be featured as the Person of the Year by Time magazineMahatma Gandhi (1930)
1st Indian to be awarded the UNESCO's Kalinga PrizeJagjit Singh (1963)
1st Indian to receive the Booker prize (British citizen)Salman Rushdie
1st Indian woman (and also first Indian citizen) to receive the Booker prizeArundhati Roy
1st Indian to receive the Pulitzer prize (Reporting category)Gobind Behari Lal
1st Indian recipient of International Cricket Council's Sir Garfield Sobers TrophyRahul Dravid
1st Indian scientist to be awarded the Nobel prizeCV Raman
1st Indian to be awarded the Nishan-e-PakistanMorarjee Desai
1st Indian to be awarded Magsaysay AwardVinoba Bhave
1st Indian to be awarded the Bangladesh Swadhinata SammanonaIndira Gandhi
1st Indian and Indian Organisation to be awarded the Right Livelihood AwardEla Bhatt of SEWA (Self-Employed Women's Association) (1984)
1st recipient of World Food Prize instituted By Norman Borlaug (Father of Green Revolution)MS Swaminathan (Father of Green Revolution in India ) (1987)
1st Asian recipient of Hoover Medal (America's prestigious award for outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity)APJ Abdul Kalam (2008)
1st Indian recipient of DSC Prize for South Asian LiteratureJeet Thayil (2013)