The Stanford University professor Dr. Thomas Kailath has been given the US-based Marconi Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award, making him only the sixth recipient of the award in the 43-year history of the society, which is dedicated to furthering scientific achievements in communications and the Internet. The US-based Marconi Society is dedicated to furthering scientific achievements in communications and the Internet.
The award named after Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of wireless communication recognizes Professor Kailath for his many transformative contributions to information and system science over six decades as well as his sustained mentoring and development of new generations of scientists. It acknowledges the wide range of his contributions to information theory, communications, filtering theory, linear systems and control, signal processing, semiconductor manufacturing, probability and statistics, linear algebra, matrix and operator theory, which have directly or indirectly advanced modern communications technology. The most significant of Kailath’s many contributions include a classic textbook in linear systems that changed the way that subject was taught; special purpose architectures for implementing signal processing algorithms on VLSI chips; novel algorithms for direction finding and spectral estimation. Earlier recipients have included Claude Shannon, the father of Information Theory and Gordon Moore of Moore’s Law fame.
Dr. Kailath earned a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the College of Engineering, Pune, in 1956. He came to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1957 with a research assistantship in the Information Theory Group and his work soon generated widespread notice.