# Mathematician:Claude Elwood Shannon

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## Mathematician

American mathematician, electrical engineer, and cryptographer known as "the father of information theory".

Noted for having founded information theory with a landmark paper, *A Mathematical Theory of Communication*, published in $1948$.

Produced the first effective design for a chess-playing computer.

## Nationality

American

## History

- Born: 30 April 1916 in Gaylord, Michigan, USA
- Died: 24 February 2001 in Medford, Massachusetts, USA

## Theorems and Definitions

Results named for **Claude Elwood Shannon** can be found here.

Definitions of concepts named for **Claude Elwood Shannon** can be found here.

## Publications

- 1940:
*A Symbolic Analysis of Relay and Switching Circuits* - 1941:
*Mathematical theory of the differential analyzer* - 1948:
*A Mathematical Theory of Communication*(*Bell System Technical Journal***Vol. 27**,*no. 3*: 379 – 423) - 1948:
*A Mathematical Theory of Communication*(*Bell System Technical Journal***Vol. 27**,*no. 4*: 623 – 666) - 1949:
*The Mathematical Theory of Communication*(book length expansion of*A Mathematical Theory of Communication*) - 1949:
*Communication theory of secrecy systems*

## Sources

- John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson: "Claude Elwood Shannon": MacTutor History of Mathematics archive

- 2008: David Nelson:
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