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Legendary media mogul and philanthropist Ted Turner named 2014 James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award recipient

Press Release Date 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
SAN JOSE, CA – The Tech Museum of Innovation announced today that Ted Turner – the visionary and entrepreneur who revolutionized the telecommunications industry, founded CNN and the United Nations Foundation and serves as Chairman of The Turner Foundation – has been named the eleventh recipient of the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award. Sponsored by Applied Materials, Inc., this award honors individuals whose broad vision and leadership address humanity’s greatest challenges.

“It means a great deal to me to be honored by The Tech Museum of Innovation with the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award,” said Ted Turner, who will be presented with the award in November at Silicon Valley’s premier science and technology recognition ceremony, The Tech Awards. “Over the past several years, I’ve focused my efforts on what I deem to be the world’s most pressing issues: climate change, nuclear proliferation, disease eradication and environmental conservation, among many others. While we have a long way to go, being recognized for these efforts means I’m at least on the right path to achieving my ultimate goal: to save the world.”

Turner is best known for doing what had previously been considered impossible – creating CNN, the first all-news television network, and pioneering the live broadcast of breaking news from around the globe. His leadership in the world of philanthropy has been just as path-breaking. The Turner Foundation, established in 1990, has contributed almost $370 million and supported more than 3,000 groups in an effort to improve air and water quality, develop a sustainable energy future for our planet, safeguard environmental health, maintain wildlife habitat protection, and develop practices and policies to curb the population growth rate.

In 1997, his pledge of $1 billion to the United Nations resulted in the creation of the United Nations Foundation (UNF), which supports people, ideas and resources globally to further the U.N.’s work. UNF advocates policy changes, mobilizes resources, and builds partnerships alongside businesses and non-governmental organizations to tackle climate change, global health, poverty eradication, and energy access.     
“Ted Turner's trail-blazing and risk-taking give hope to anyone who wants to take on big problems in a fragile world.  With CNN he transformed communications, and with his staggering gift to the U.N. in 1997 transformed the world of philanthropy,” said museum President Tim Ritchie. “He stands way out in front -- shouting to us all: get moving, the world needs the best you have to offer.”
“As a business leader, environmentalist and philanthropist, Ted Turner is a standout humanitarian working to address our greatest challenges,” said Mike Splinter, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors at Applied Materials, Inc. “By elevating awareness of global issues to a new level, Ted has shown us that technology can unleash humanity’s potential to create solutions for a better world.”
Turner joins an impressive roster of past recipients of the Global Humanitarian Award, including health-care technologist Dean Kamen (2013); Infosys founder N.R. Narayana Murthy (2012); social entrepreneur Jeff Skoll (2011); education and cross-cultural dialogue advocate Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan (2010); and Nobel laureate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore (2009). Applied Materials Chairman Emeritus James C. Morgan inspired the award more than a decade ago and was its first recipient in 2004.
Turner will accept the award in Silicon Valley at the San Jose Convention Center on Thursday, November 13, 2014, during The Tech Awards gala, presented by Applied Materials. More than 1,400 esteemed innovators in the technology industry gather every year at the formal charity event to celebrate the power of technology to address global challenges and benefit humanity. The gala also recognizes 10 laureates – technologists, educators, scientists and entrepreneurs – who are using technology to improve our world.
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Michelle Tran
Public Relations Specialist
About The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum—located in the Capital of Silicon Valley —is a non-profit, experiential learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing applied technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge presented by Cisco, our annual team-design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, The Tech endeavors to inspire the innovator in everyone.
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