Dr. Rohan Narayana Murty, Founder

Rohan Narayana Murty grew up in India and attended Cornell University as an undergraduate. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University. His Ph.D. at Harvard was supported by a Siebel Scholars Fellowship and a Microsoft Research Fellowship. He has been a Computing Innovations Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Currently, he is a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard (on leave 2013–15).

Dr. Murty’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. 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, Dr. Murty has a broad range of interests in the humanities, including philosophy, history, and the Classics. In 2010, he founded the Murty Classical Library of India with a generous gift to Harvard University.

Dr. Murty is the son of Narayana Murthy and Sudha Murty of Bangalore, India. The family has a long history of supporting education and scholarship in India and abroad.

Professor Sheldon Pollock, General Editor

Sheldon Pollock is Arvind Raghunathan Professor of Sanskrit and South Asian Studies at Columbia University. He was educated at Harvard, where he received his A.B. in Classics (Greek) (1971) and his Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies (1975).

Pollock is the author or editor of numerous books, including The Language of the Gods in the World of Men: Sanskrit, Culture, and Power in Premodern India (winner of the Coomaraswamy, Trilling, and other awards), Literary Cultures in History: Reconstructions from South Asia, and four volumes of translation of Sanskrit poetry. He was co-editor and editor of Clay Sanskrit Library, and founding editor of the series “South Asia across the Disciplines” and “Historical Sourcebooks in Classical Indian Thought” (forthcoming). Honors include the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and, from the Government of India, both the Presidential Certificate of Honour for Sanskrit and the Padma Shri. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Read Professor Pollock’s introduction to the series, “Why a Classical Library of India?”

Editorial Board