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Dr. Arun Netravali awarded the prestigious Marconi prize 2017

Dr Arun Netravali has been awarded with the prestigious Marconi Prize for 2017. The Prize instituted in honor of radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi consisting $100,000 - Rs 65 lakhs- is awarded to scientists who pursue advances in communications and information technology for the development of humanity. The award will be presented in New Jersey on August 3.

Dr Arun Netravali, born in Ankola, had his initial education in King George High School and Elphinstone College, Mumbai. He received his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India, and master’s and doctorate degrees from Rice University in Houston, Texas with full scholarship, all in electrical engineering.  He holds honorary doctorates from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland, Osmania University and IIT, Mumbai.

Arun Netravali was the President of Bell Laboratories.  He was also responsible for research and development across all of Lucent.  He previously was Executive Vice President of Research, responsible for Bell Labs’ basic research efforts in all areas involving communication, computing and physical sciences.  Earlier, Dr. Netravali was Vice President of Quality, Engineering, Software and Technologies in Bell Labs’ internal consulting and technology realization group.  He held a variety of leadership positions in visual communications, computer systems and communications sciences research. Prior to joining Bell Labs, Dr. Netravali worked on problems relating to filtering, guidance and control of the space shuttle for NASA. 

Dr. Netravali is regarded as a pioneer in the field of digital video technology and led Bell Labs high definition television (HDTV) research and development. He has authored more than 170 technical papers and co-authored three books. He holds more than 70 patents in the areas of computer networks, human interfaces to machines, picture processing and digital television. In 2001, he received the Padma Bhushan Award from the Indian government, the nation's third highest civilian honor. 

Dr. Netravali is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi, a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and AAAS, New Jersey’s Inventors Hall of Famer, and a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. For his scientific achievements, Dr. Netravali has received numerous awards, including the Alexander Graham Bell Medal (1991), an EMMY for the HDTV Grand Alliance (1994), the Computers & Communications Prize, (1997) (NEC, Japan), the Frederik Philips Award from the IEEE (2000), the NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies in India) Medal (2000), the Kilby Medal from the IEEE (2001), the Padma Bhushan Award from the President of India, which is the nation's third highest civilian honor (2001), and the Science and Technology Medal from the R&D Council of NJ (2001).

Dr. Netravali was an adjunct professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has taught graduate courses at City College (N.Y.), Columbia University and Rutgers University.  He has served on the editorial board of the IEEE, and is currently an editor of several journals.  He serves on the board of a number of organizations.  He is a member of the Indo/U.S. Science and Technology Council, initiated by former President Clinton and Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Vajpayee, and the NRI Advisory Committee for Telecommunications, Chaired by Mr. Paswan, Minister of Communications in India.