The 2012 James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award

N.R. Narayana Murthy

Indian entrepreneur and philanthropist N.R. Narayana Murthy, who founded tech services giant Infosys along with six colleagues and went on to become one of India’s most influential advocates for health care and rural development, has been named the ninth recipient of the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award. Sponsored by Applied Materials, Inc. the award honors individuals whose broad vision and leadership are focused on combating critical global problems. “The Global Humanitarian Award is a great honor. I have seen how technology can impact social good – and philanthropy has been a central part of my life,” said Murthy, who will formally receive the award in November at Silicon Valley’s premier science and technology recognition ceremony, The Tech Awards. “I have always felt that one’s personal wealth should be seen as an opportunity to influence societal improvements. The power of money is the power to give, and I work to embody this mantra throughout my work.”

Murthy served as the first CEO for 21 years and currently holds the role of Chairman Emeritus at the global technology services company. With Infosys, Murthy helped spark the global move toward outsourcing, bringing billions of dollars and countless software development jobs to India. Infosys established the Infosys Foundation in 1996. The Infosys Foundation works in partnership with non-governmental organizations to help underprivileged rural communities in India that are focusing on five initiatives: healthcare, education, culture, destitute care and rural development. Murthy’s selfless humanitarian work and keen business acumen made him an ideal candidate for the award, said museum President Tim Ritchie. “Narayana Murthy’s work has helped to position India as a global technology leader and has raised awareness about serious social issues in that country and around the world,” Ritchie said. “Murthy’s commitment to social good is an inspiration and his work exemplifies the values we should all strive to embody.” “This award honors leaders whose vision, passion and dedication are helping to change the world,” said Mike Splinter, Chairman and CEO of Applied Materials, Inc.  “Narayana Murthy embodies the spirit of the Global Humanitarian Award. Through his leadership in business and philanthropy, he has improved the lives of many in India and beyond.”

Murthy joins an impressive roster of recipients of The James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian award that includes internet entrepreneur Jeff Skoll, education and cross-cultural dialogue advocate Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, Nobel Laureate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Applied Materials’ Chairman Emeritus James C. Morgan, who inspired the award. He will accept the honor in Silicon Valley on Thursday, November 15, 2012 during The Tech Awards gala, presented by Applied Materials, in association with the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University. The award will be presented at a ceremony that also recognizes 12 innovators from around the world who apply technology in creative and practical ways to improve the human condition in areas such as health, education, environment and economic development.

A new category, Sustainable Energy, has been added to honor those innovators who help meet the world's energy needs while minimizing the adverse effects on health and the environment. Replacing the Equality category is the Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovator Award, which recognizes innovators under the age of 27 who are transforming our world for the better through ingenuity, energy and a spirit of optimism. 

N.R. Narayana Murthy

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