Narayana Murthy wins ‘Global Innovation’ award
Co-founder of Infosys, N. R. Narayana Murthy, will be among those who receive the Thomas Jefferson Foundation medals and will be awarded the ‘Global Innovation’ medal on April 13, the non-profit organization announced its awardees on Wednesday.
“Murthy articulated, designed and implemented the “global delivery model,” which became the foundation for the huge success in IT services outsourcing from India. Having led key corporate governance initiatives in India, he also is an IT adviser to several Asian countries,” the Jefferson institute said.
The former CEO of Infosys will be also giving a free public lecture at UVA on April 12 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm and will also be honored at a formal dinner at Monticello.
“On the anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, April 13 (known locally as Founder’s Day), the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello join together to present the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals to recognize achievements of those who embrace endeavors in which Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence and third U.S. president, excelled and held in high regard. These medals are the highest external honors bestowed by the University of Virginia, which grants no honorary degrees,” Jefferson institute said.
Gordon Moore was the first recipient of the Global Innovation award in 2016 who was an American engineer, technologist and entrepreneur and whose pioneering work in semiconductor electronics helped establish Silicon Valley and drive the Digital Age.
Among the other recipients were Loretta Lynch, the first African-American female attorney general in U.S. history; Alice Waters, founder of the Edible Schoolyard Project, chef, author, food activist, founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Irish founders and directors of Grafton Architects.
“The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals recognize the exemplary contributions of recipients to the endeavors in which Jefferson – the author of the Declaration of Independence, the third U.S. president and the founder of the University of Virginia – excelled and held in high regard,” Jefferson said.
The medals, as the Jefferson institute said, were the ‘highest external honours’ bestowed by the University, which grants no honorary degrees.
The awards are presented annually on Jefferson’s birthday, April 13, by the president of the University and the president of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation which was incorporated in 1923.