Professor Thomas Kailath

Thomas Kailath (BE (Telecom), Pune, 1956; SM, 1959. ScD, 1961, MIT) worked at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, before joining Stanford in January 1963 as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. He was promoted to Professor in 1968, and is currently Hitachi America Professor of Engineering, emeritus.

His research and teaching have spanned a large number of engineering and mathematical disciplines, with the major focus changing roughly every decade, and in the course of which he mentored a stellar array of over 100 doctoral and postdoctoral scholars, over half of whom are already IEEE Fellows. Their joint efforts have led to over 300 journal papers, a dozen patents, and several books and monographs. With his students, Kailath also co-founded several companies, two of which went public, while the others were acquired.

Kailath was awarded a National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama “for transformative contributions to the fields of information and system science, for distinctive and sustained mentoring of young scholars, and for translation of scientific ideas into entrepreneurial ventures that have had a significant impact on industry.”
Other major recognitions include the IEEE Medal of Honor, the Padma Bhushan, election to the US National Academies of Engineering and of Sciences, foreign membership in the Royal Society of London and all the Engineering and Science Academies in India. He has held Guggenheim, Churchill, and Humboldt fellowships and received several honorary degrees, most recently from the Technion in Israel and the National Technical University of Greece.