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2017, Marconi lifetime award
Thomas Kailath, who grew up in Pune and is now an emeritus professor at Stanford, has been conferred the lifetime achievement award by the US-based Marconi Society .This is only the sixth time the lifetime award has been given by the prestigious society in its 43-year history.
Kailath has been recognised for his contributions to information and system science over six decades, as well as his sustained mentoring and development of new generations of scientists. Among his many significant contributions is a classic textbook in linear systems that changed the way that subject was taught.
Kailath and his doctoral student Arogyaswami Paulraj, currently emeritus professor in the electrical engineering department at Stanford University, are joint holders of the original US patent for MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology which underpins the technology that drives every Wi-Fi, 4G, and 5G network today and helps to make them more efficient.
The scientist was born in 1935 in Pune, to a Malayalamspeaking family , according to Wikipedia. He studied at St Vincent's High School, Pune, and received his engineering degree from the Government College of Engineering, University of Pune, in 1956. He received his Master's degree in 1959 and his doctoral degree in 1961, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).He was the first Indian student to receive a doctorate in electrical engineering from MIT, says Wikipedia.
The Marconi prize has been instituted by the Marconi Society, which was established in 1974 by the daughter of Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel laureate who invented radio. Previous winners of Indian origin have been educationist and former UGC chairman Yash Pal in 1980 and Stanford University emeritus professor and wireless antennae pioneer Arogyaswami Paulraj in 2014.