Vivek Murthy, Shantanu Narayen honored with ‘Great Immigrants’ award

Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen and former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy were among 38 immigrants honored with the ‘Great Immigrants’ annual award, on July 4, for their role in helping advance the country’s society, culture and economy on July 4th.

Murthy, 39, was born in the UK and is a graduate from both Harvard University and Yale University. In 2014, Murthy, Harvard and Yale alumnus, became the first Indian-American to be appointed as Surgeon General, as well as the youngest ever. He was removed by the Trump administration.

Narayen, 54, a native of Hyderabad, has an undergraduate degree in electronics engineering, a master’s degree in computer science, and an MBA from UC Berkeley. He was among a select group of CEOs who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington. He is a board member of Pfizer and US-India Business Council (USIBC) and was among a select group of CEOs who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington for a roundtable during the leader’s recent visit.

Pakistani American Nergis Mavalvala, Marble Professor of Astrophysics at MIT and a 2010 recipient of a MacArthur “genius” award, was also named a recipient of the ‘Great Immigrants’ award.

The corporation has recognized the contributions of naturalized citizens each year and this year, the honorees represented more than 30 different countries of origin with a wide range of personal immigration stories and a high-level of professional leadership in numerous fields.

Since 2006, the corporation has recognized the contributions of naturalized citizens each year and this year, the honorees represented more than 30 different countries of origin with a wide range of personal immigration stories and a high-level of professional leadership in numerous fields.

“Our annual tribute to ‘Great Immigrants’ demonstrates the richness of talent, skills, and achievements that immigrants from around the world bring to every sphere of American society,” said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York.

“This campaign reminds us of the debt the United States owes to generations of immigrants who become citizens and contribute to the progress of this country. Today, we celebrate and thank them,” he added.

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