Anantha Mangalore Pai earned BE (1953) from Madras University. He worked in Bombay Electric and Transport System (BEST) in Mumbai (1953-57) in the Electric Supply Department. Thereafter, he received MS (Electrical Engineering) (1958) and PhD (Electrical Engineering) (1961) from the University of California, taught for a year as Assistant Professor at UCLA till 1963, and worked with EI Jury in the area of discrete time systems. After returning to India in 1963, he joined Faculty, Electrical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, also worked there as Dean, R&D (1976-78), joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1981) and continued to work there up to his retirement (2004). He also worked at the Central Power Research Institute under the CSIR-UNDP program.
Academic and Research Achievements: Pai has made notable contributions in the area of computer applications in power systems and started an active research group in the area. He initiated research in the area of power system stability using Lyapunov's method which he later extended to include energy functions. He also initiated research in model reduction of large scale power systems. He guided 17 PhD students and wrote three books while working at IIT Kanpur. While at the University of Illinois, he conducted researches in the power area with control/computational emphasis, guided eight PhD students, and wrote three books on power system stability. After retirement, he wrote two books including a revised edition of his book in India. He has authored over 100 scientific papers.
Other Contributions: Pai organized two IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) symposia in India.
Awards and Honours: Professor Pai was recipient of the Bhatnagar Award in Engineering Sciences (1974). He was elected Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad and the Indian National Academy of Engineers.