Robert G. Gallager received the BSEE degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1953, and the S.M. and Sc.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1957 and 1960, respectively. From 1953 to 1956, he was at Bell Telephone Laboratories and then the U.S. Signal Corps. He has been a faculty member at MIT since 1960, became Co-Director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems in 1986, and Fujitsu Professor in 1988. His current title is Professor Emeritus.