Thomas Kailath, Hitachi America Professor of Engineering, Emeritus at Stanford

Thomas Kailath, Hitachi America Professor of Engineering, Emeritus at Stanford

Hitachi America Professor of Engineering, Emeritus at Stanford

Thomas Kailath received a B E (Telecom) degree from the College of Engineering, Pune, in 1956 and Master’s and doctoral degrees from MIT in 1959 and 1961.He joined Stanford as an associate professor of Electrical Engineering in January 1963, became a full professor in 1968, and is presently Hitachi America Professor of Engineering, Emeritus. His research has ranged over several fields of engineering and mathematics. He has mentored a stellar array of over a hundred doctoral and postdoctoral scholars, with some of whom he co-founded five high-tech companies, two of which went public while the others were acquired.
Among his many honors are the US National Medal of Science, the IEEE Medal of Honor, and several honorary degrees, most recently from the Technion in Israel. He is a member of the US National Academies of Engineering and of Sciences, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London and the four Indian National Science and Engineering Academies. He has also received the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award, presented by the President of India.
The citation for the National Medal of Science, presented by President Obama at the White House, is a nice summary of his career: “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.”