NAME: | Claude E. Shannon |
DATES: | 1916- |
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WORKED AT: | Bell Labs; MIT |
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Shannon was interested in boolean algebra & switching circuits, communication theory, mathematical cryptography, and computing machines. He worked at: MIT, assistant electrical engineer & mathematician 1936-39; National Defense Research Committee, research mathematician 1940-41; Bell Telephone Labs, research mathematician 1941-57; MIT: Donner professor of science 1958-80; Emeritus Donner professor of science 1980-?.
He has been called "the Father of information theory" (Lilley-Trice). His theory "considered the transmission of information as a statistical phenomenon." It gave communications engineers a way to determine the capacity of a communication channel. His theory is not "concerned with the content of information or the message itself" and, therefore, some feel should not be called information theory (Farkas-Conn). No papers at MIT. |
AWARDS: | 1940 Noble Award; 1949 Morris Liebmann Mem. Award; 1955 Stuart Balletine Medal; 1958 Vanuxem Lectr (Princeton); 1962 Steinmetz Lectr (Univ. Schenectady); 1966 Medal of Honor(IEEE) 1966 National Medal of Science. |
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