NAME: Claude E. Shannon
DATES: 1916-2001
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WORKED AT: Bell Labs ; MIT
OTHER INFORMATION: 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).  See additional biographical information and an assessment of his influence at: 
http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/ms/what/shannonday/work.html
Also, see a detailed page on him in Wikipedia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Shannon

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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PAPERS AT: MIT Libraries; details about the collection not available.

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