Rohan Murty is the son of N. R. Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys. He is the founder of Murty Classical Library of India.
Rohan Murty was born in 1983 (age 36 years; as in 2019), in Hubli, Karnataka. He did his schooling from Bishop Cotton Boy’s School, Bangalore. Later, he moved to New York to complete his graduation in Computer Science from Cornell University. In 2011, he completed his PhD in computer engineering from Harvard University, USA. His PhD was supported by Siebel Scholars Fellowship and Microsoft Research Fellowship. The Hindu Business Line
On his official Harvard homepage, he has written,
I don’t remember much from the early years but a bunch of us studied Kannada in middle and senior schools. I attended senior school with an auto-driver, a cricketer, a giraffe, a senior mug pot, another mug pot, a pianist, a geek, a brainiac, a Bong, a lawyer and a pilot.”
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Family, Caste & Wife
Rohan Murty was born in a Hindu-Brahmin Family. Wikipedia His father, N. R. Narayana Murthy, is a co-founder of Infosys, and his mother, Sudha Murthy, is one of the founders of ‘Infosys Foundation.’ He has an elder sister, Akshata Murthy, who is married to Rishi Sunak (a British politician from the British Conservative Party). Rohan’s maternal uncle, Shrinivas Kulkarni, a professor of astrophysics, has a great influence on Rohan.
In 2011, Rohan got married to Lakshmi Venu, daughter of TVS Motors Chairman Venu Srinivasan. The couple got separated in 2013, due to some personal issues and got divorced in 2015. One of their close friends said in an interview,
They are both lovely people. They came together and then some differences cropped up. These things happen. They have now gone their separate ways. Hopefully with this behind them they will both move on and find life partners who are more suited for them.”
Later, Rohan met Aparna through a common friend and dated for almost three years. Aparna is the daughter of Kochi-based Savithri Krishnan, a retired SBI employee, and Commander KR Krishnan. The couple dated for three years and announced their wedding to be held on 2 December 2019.
In 2010, Rohan founded the ‘Murty Classical Library of India’ with an aim to reintroduce the Indian literary work to the new generation. It was made in the continuation of the Clay Sanskrit Library Project headed by Sheldon Pollock. He has been associated with Catamaran Ventures, a $127-million venture capital fund headed by N.R.N. Murthy. In June 2013, Rohan joined Infosys as an executive assistant to his father. In the same year, he was designated as the Vice President of Infosys. On 14 June 2014, he left the company as his father stepped down from the designation of Executive Chairman. Rohan is a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.
- Comedian: Don Rickles
- Singer(s): Shania Twain, Michael Jackson, and Elton John
- Music Bands(s): Led Zeppelin and Guns N’ Roses
- Cartoon Character(s): Tom and Jerry
- Superhero: Superman
- He suffered from infantile eczema, an allergy to vaccinations in his childhood.
- Rohan has been a programming enthusiast since his childhood. Sharing his childhood experience, he said,
We had a clunky old machine at home that my father used to work on sometimes. I was a bored eight-year-old whose only non-school activity was playing tennis. I didn’t read, have friends or any hobbies. One day, I turned on the computer and started poking about. My father got upset and yelled at me saying I should do something more creative. My mother put me in an evening class where they taught basic programming thrice a week. The people in my class were all working adults. Nothing made sense to me, a fourth-grader, but I stuck on. After six months, we had to work on a project and I started building a checkout-cum-inventory programme for a neighbourhood grocery store. Suddenly, everything I learned clicked; it was very exciting. Those were the pre-internet days, and I would go to the library looking for books with problems that I could write code for.”
- In 2016, he rejected a petition which was filed to remove Sheldon Pollock from the position of the Chief editor of the Murty Classical Library.
- His PhD thesis is considered as path-breaking which was based on the use of white space (spectrum).
- He is a dog lover and owns a dog, Gopi.
- His hobbies include reading books, dancing, and travelling. He has learnt swing and salsa dance forms.