Murali Venugopalan graduated from the University of Illinois in Economics and Political Science and received PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Kansas. He taught and directed international programs at various institutions including Western Illinois University (WIU), Virginia Commonwealth University, and Kennesaw State University. He led three successful accreditation initiatives and recruited 400 students from more than 20 countries, and established university partnerships and short-term programs to further enhance international studies. He has published numerous papers and presentations on topics including international relations, foreign policy, comparative education, literature, and student success in higher education.
Mundiyath Venugopalan received his PhD from Banaras Hindu University in India, where he was a lecturer in Chemistry. During study-leave in 1960-63 he had yearlong photochemistry awards at the University of Munich, National Research Council of Canada, and University of California-Santa Barbara. On a conference trip to Canada in 1961 he came to know a Dutch lady named Johanna who grew up in France and was working in Montreal for Air France. In 1964 they married and moved to Kingston, Canada where Murali was born and Mundiyath worked at the Royal Military College.
In 1969, the family moved to Illinois, where Mundiyath joined the Chemistry faculty at WIU. During sabbaticals, he held fellowships at Argonne National Laboratory and universities in Germany and Switzerland. He retired from WIU in 1992 and joined the faculty at University of Queretaro in Mexico. Upon his return, he taught at WIU for few more years, and then moved to Texas in 2010. His scientific research papers and books on electrical discharge plasma chemistry and physics were published around the world.
Author House published Murali's critically acclaimed novel, iKill, in 2013. With his parents he coauthored From Deplorable to Neanderthal Thinking, published by Fulton Books in 2022.