Khan Acadamy founder honored with Patrick J. McGovern Tech for Humanity Luminary


Sal Khan, an Indian American, who is known for creating an extensive online platform that offers free education, has now been recognized for his tireless efforts.

Khan Academy has become an invaluable source for quality education for millions of students across the world. As of today, Khan produced over 6,500 video lessons teaching a wide spectrum of academic subjects, originally focusing on mathematics and sciences.

For this open-hearted gesture of offering all this content for free, Khan has been was honored as the Patrick J. McGovern Tech for Humanity Luminary for a lifetime of achievement and his extraordinary impact expanding access to learning worldwide.

The Patrick J. McGovern Tech for Humanity Prize is an inaugural honor presented by The Computer History Museum, and it was awarded on April 28.

The Prize fosters a global community committed to tech for good, advancing work for social impact, highlighting role models, and inspiring the next generation of innovators.

“The Patrick J. McGovern Tech for Humanity Prize program is part of CHM’s expanding work in advancing tech in service to humanity,” said Museum CEO Dan’l Lewin.

“We decode technology for everyone, not only telling stories about the pioneers of our computing past, but also decoding our ever-evolving digital world with the stories of innovators creating new tech solutions today.”

Khan started Khan Academy in 2005 to help his cousins. In addition to setting the vision and direction for Khan Academy, the Indian American entrepreneur still makes a lot of videos, along with many educators in his platform.

Khan Academy has reached more than 120 million registered users in 190 countries, CHM said in a news release.

CHM honored two other individuals for their inaugural prize, they were, Mercy Nyamewaa Asiedu and Michael Beernstein.

The winners were awarded $100,000 for their dedication to tech for good, their future promise, and the potential impact of their proposed projects.

“The Committee selected the honorees and finalists from a pool of 80 extraordinary candidates, all of whom are pursuing audacious innovations focused on meeting urgent challenges,” said Paul Saffo, futurist and the selection committee chair.

“We are thrilled to honor the remarkable legacy of Patrick J. McGovern with these outstanding Tech for Humanity prizewinners,” said Patrick McGovern, chair of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, which supports the prize.