State College Native Wins MacArthur "Genius" Award For Global Development Work

Oct 4, 2016

State College native Bill Thies won one of 23 MacArthur "Genius" awards for his work in rural India.
Credit John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

A State College Area High School grad is one of this year’s recipients of a MacArthur Fellowship. Bill Thies now works as a computer scientist for Microsoft Research India. He won the so-called MacArthur “Genius” award for his work using technology to make life better for communities in rural India and spoke with WPSU’s Emily Reddy from India about his work.