# Mathematician:Solomon Wolf Golomb

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## Mathematician

American mathematician, engineer and professor of electrical engineering at the University of Southern California, best known for his works on mathematical games.

Invented Cheskers in $1948$ and coined the name.

Fully described polyominoes and pentominoes in $1953$

Specialized in problems of combinatorial analysis, number theory, coding theory and communications.

His game of Pentomino inspired Tetris.

## Nationality

American

## History

- Born: 30 May 1932 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
- Died: 1 May 2016 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

## Creations

- Cheskers
- Golomb Sequence
- Golomb Coding
- Golomb Ruler
- Lempel-Golomb Generation Method (with Abraham Lempel)

## Publications

- May 1965:
*3121. A Geometric Proof of a Famous Identity*(*Math. Gazette***Vol. 49**,*no. 368*: 198 – 200) www.jstor.org/stable/3612319

- 1970:
*Powerful Numbers*(*Amer. Math. Monthly***Vol. 77**: 848 – 852) www.jstor.org/stable/2317020

- 1987:
*E3137*(*Amer. Math. Monthly***Vol. 94**,*no. 9*: 883 – 884) (with Kee-Wai Lau) www.jstor.org/stable/2322829

- 1991:
*A Perfect Property of Handful of 2 Numbers: Problem E3385*(*Amer. Math. Monthly***Vol. 98**,*no. 9*: 858 – 859) (with Marcin E. Kuczma) www.jstor.org/stable/2324281