Prof Thomas Kailath has been my hero for a long time. I never worked directly with him, rather not fortunate enough to be his first degree pupil yet, but his life and work influenced me in more than ‘many’ ways. It was during the 2002 Information theory workshop, I got an opportunity to see him in person and establish a minuscule level of interaction.
This year IEEE medal of honour to Kailath didnt surprise me a bit, for that matter anyone in the field. Perhaps it came a bit late. Anyway, that is not the point of contention. Undoubtedly, he deserve this honour one hundred percent.