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Arun Netravali

Born: May 26, 1946

Birthplace: Mumbai

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

Arun Netravali

Date of Birth : May 26, 1946
Birth Place : Mumbai

Arun N. Netravali is an Indian-American computer engineer credited with major contributions in digital technology including HDTV. He conducted seminal 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 have granted him honorary doctorates including the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland. Netravali led Bell Labs research and development of high definition television and is widely accepted as a pioneer 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. Dr. Netravali is a member the National Academy of Engineering, Tau Beta Phi and Sigma Xi. He is also an IEEE fellow.


  • Businessperson
  • Entrepreneur

Awards Won

  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation
  • IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal
  • IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award
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