Arun N. Netravali (born 26 May 1946 in Mumbai, India) is an Indian-American computer engineer credited with contributions in digital technology including HDTV. He conducted research in digital compression, signal processing and other fields. Netravali was the ninth President of Bell Laboratories and has served as Lucent's Chief Technology Officer and Chief Network Architect. He received his undergraduate degree from IIT Bombay, India, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. from Rice University in Houston, Texas, all in electrical engineering. Several global universities, including the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland, have honored him with honorary doctorates.
Netravali led Bell Labs research and development of high definition television (HDTV) and is widely acknowledged as a pioneer in the development of digital video technology. He is the author of over 170 technical papers, 70 patents, and three books in the areas of picture processing, digital television, and computer networks.
Netravali is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Tau Beta Phi and Sigma Xi. He is also an IEEE fellow. He has received awards including the Marconi Prize, the Padma Bhushan Award from the Indian government, the National Medal of Technology from President George W. Bush, the Computers & Communications Prize, the Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the IEEE Kilby Medal, the IEEE Frederik Philips Award, and the National Association of Software and Services Companies in India Medal.
Prior to joining Bell Labs, Netravali was an adjunct professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at Bell Labs, he taught at City College of New York, Columbia University, and Rutgers University.
Awards and honors
Netravali has received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including
- the IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal in 2001 (together with Thomas S. Huang)
- the IEEE Frederik Philips Award in 2001
- the U.S. National Medal of Technology
- the Padma Bhushan from the Government of India
- the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal in 1991 (together with C. Chapin Cutler and John O. Limb)
- elected to member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1989
- elected to IEEE Fellow in 1985
- the IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award in 1982 (together with John O. Limb)
- Arun N. Netravali and Barry G. Haskell, Digital Pictures: Representation, Compression and Standards (Applications of Communications Theory), Springer (second edition, 1995), ISBN 0-306-44917-X
- "Nokia Bell Labs: Presidents of Bell Labs". www.bell-labs.com. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
- "IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
- "IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal Recipients - 2001 - Thomas S. Huang and Arun N. Netravali". IEEE. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
- "IEEE Frederik Philips Award Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
- Award details at Bell Labs website Archived 26 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine in 2001 and Technology Administration agency Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
- Photo of award ceremony
- "IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
- "NAE Members Directory - Dr. Arun N. Netravali". National Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
- "Fellow Class of 1985". IEEE. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
- "IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
| IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal
with C. Chapin Cutler and John O. Limb