He was born in Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu, India on October 20, 1929 and was the son of B. Venkataraman and Dharmambal. After getting his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from India, he was awarded a Fulbright Travel Grant to come to the USA for his graduate education. He completed his Masters in Science from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
He started his teaching career as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Villanova University. Over the course of his decades in academia, he has taught various graduate and undergraduate classes in Electrical Engineering. He, ultimately, retired as a full Professor and founding co-Director of CACT, at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2002. Unable to stay away from teaching, he became a Visiting Professor of Engineering at Smith College for the Spring of 2003.
His dedication to his field led to the publication of his books, most notably, NonLinear Filtering and Smoothing and his magnum opus, Probablity and Random Processes.