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Top honour for Indian-origin scientist in US

IANS 21 Nov 2014, 14:47:09 PM IST

Washington: Thomas Kailath, an Indian origin scientist has been awarded the top presidential medal for transformative contributions to the fields of science and technology in the US.

Kailath received the National Medal of Science at a function held here, said a statement issued by the White House Thursday.

Thomas Kailath came to the US from India at the age of 22 with a research assistantship that took him to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and then Stanford, where he made critical contributions in information theory and statistics, and mentored more than 100 scholars along the way.

Kailath was born in 1935. His parents hailed from Kerala.