ROBERT M. GRAY received the B.S.and M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California in 1969, all in electrical engineering. Since 1969, he has been with Stanford University, where he is currently the Lucent Technologies Professor of Engineering. His research interests are the theory and design of signal compression and classification systems.

Professor Gray was an Associate Editor (1977-80) and Editor-in-Chief (1980-83) of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He was co-chair of the 1993 International Symposium on Information Theory and Technical Program co-chair of the 1997 and 2004 IEEE International Conferences on Image Processing (ICIP). He was co-recipient with L.D. Davisson of the 1976 IEEE Information Theory Group Paper Award and co-recipient with A. Buzo, A.H. Gray, and J.D. Markel of the 1983 IEEE ASSP Senior Award. He received the 1993 Society Award, the 1997 Technical Achievement Award, and the 2005 Meritorious Service Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and a Golden Jubilee Award for Technological Innovation from the IEEE Information Theory Society in 1998. He was awarded an IEEE Centennial medal (1994) and Third Millennium Medal (2000). He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) and has held fellowships from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science at the University of Osaka (1981), the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation at the University of Paris XI (1982), and NATO/Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche at the University of Naples (1990). He received a 2002 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2007.