Rohan Narayana Murty

2015

Rohan Narayana Murty

Founder,
Murty Classical Library of India, India

Rohan Narayana Murty is a computer scientist. He received a BS from Cornell in 2005 and a PhD in computer science from Harvard in 2011, both in computer science. His PhD at Harvard was supported by a Microsoft Research Fellowship, of which he was one of the 13 recipients across all universities in the United States. He has subsequently been a Siebel Scholar at Harvard and a Computing Innovations Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2013 he was selected as a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard, which counts among its fellows over a dozen Nobel laureates like Amartya Sen, Wally Gilbert, John Bardeen, among others and other academics such as Jeffrey Sachs, Noam Chomsky, Thomas Kuhn, Arthur Schlesinger, Steven Levitt, etc. He is only the second computer scientist to be selected into the society of fellows in its 82 year old history. The last computer scientist being Marvin Minsky - one of the modern progenitors of artificial intelligence and a Turing award winner.

Rohan's research interests span networked systems, embedded computing, and distributed computing systems. His research work has focused on architectures for opportunistic (dynamic) spectrum access in wireless networks and has won the highest honors in the field of computer networking. As an author of many published scientific articles and an invited speaker at international conferences, he has explored these ideas through topics such as white spaces networking.

In addition to his commitment to the sciences, Rohan has a broad range of interests in the humanities, including philosophy, history, and the Classics, all of which he studied while a graduate student at Harvard. In 2010, he founded the Murty Classical Library of India at Harvard to bring back Indian classics to the modern world (www.murtylibrary.com). The Murty Classical Library of India aims to make available the great literary works of India from the past two millennia. Many classic Indic texts have never reached a global audience, while others are becoming increasingly inaccessible even to Indian readers. The creation of a classical library of India is intended to reintroduce these works to a new generation of readers.

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