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Arun N. Netravali (born 26 May 1945 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 Tau Beta Pi 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.[1]

He was a resident of Westfield, NJ. [2]

Awards and honors

Netravali has received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including

Selected writing


  1. ^ "Nokia Bell Labs: Presidents of Bell Labs". Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  2. ^ The Westfield Leader, OUR 115th YEAR - ISSUE NO. 07-2005, February 17, 2005
  3. ^ "IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  4. ^ "IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal Recipients - 2001 - Thomas S. Huang and Arun N. Netravali". IEEE. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  5. ^ "IEEE Frederik Philips Award Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ Photo of award ceremony
  8. ^ "IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  9. ^ "NAE Members Directory - Dr. Arun N. Netravali". National Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  10. ^ "Fellow Class of 1985". IEEE. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  11. ^ "IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved 2 January 2011.