Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. McGovern's vision and generous support, Tsinghua IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research was founded in 2011 and has been growing into a leading neuroscience research institute in China.
Photo: The McGoverns' first visit to Tsinghua University in 2006
Patrick J. McGovern (1937-2014), a member of the MIT Corporation since 1989, was the founder and chairman of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology publishing, research, and event management company. He began his publishing career while he was a student at MIT, and since graduating in 1959, he oversaw IDG's launch of more than 300 magazines and newspapers, including Computerworld, Macworld, and PC World. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a trustee of MIT and of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.
Lore Harp McGovern has founded or run companies in diverse fields including health care, educational publishing and high-tech, and is an investor in numerous start-up companies in Silicon Valley. She was a co-founder of Vector Graphic, one of the earliest PC companies, and was president and CEO of the educational publishing company Good Morning Teacher! She was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1983 by Women Business Owners of New York and has been awarded the Distinguished Immigrant Award by the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. She is Chair Emeritus of the Whitehead Institute's Board of Associates.