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Born: April 30, 1916, Petoskey, Michigan, United States

Spouse: Mary Elizabeth Moore Shannon (m. 1949–2001)

Children: Margarita Shannon, Andrew Moore Shannon, Robert James Shannon

Died: February 24, 2001, Medford, Massachusetts, United States.

Claude Elwood Shannon was an American mathematician, electrical engineer, and cryptographer known as "the father of information theory." Shannon founded information theory with a landmark paper, a Mathematical Theory of Communication, that he published in 1948.

Information theory studies the quantification, storage, and communication of information. It was originally proposed by Claude E. Shannon in 1948 to find fundamental limits on signal processing and communication operations such as data compression, in a landmark paper entitled "A Mathematical Theory of Communication".

Shannon was educated at Michigan University in 1936, where he earned his B.S. degree. Later he went to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied both electrical engineering and mathematics, receiving a master's degree and a doctorate. For his master's degree in electrical engineering, he applied George Boole's logical algebra to the problem of electrical switching. During that time Boole's system for logically manipulating 0 and 1 was little known, but it is now the nervous system of every computer in the world. Then for his doctorate, he applied mathematics to genetics. Shannon received both his master's degree and his doctorate in 1940.


1966 IEEE Medal of Honor.

1967 National Medal Of Science for Engineering.

1972 Harvey Prize in science and Technology.

1983 John Fritz Medal.

1985 Kyoto price in Basic Science.

Stuart Ballantine Medal

The Claude E. Shannon Award of the IEEE Information Theory Society was created to honor consistent and profound contributions to the field of information.

The Claude E. Shannon Award of the IT Society has been instituted to honor consistent and profound contributions to the field of information theory. Each Shannon Award winner is expected to present a Shannon Lecture at the following IEEE International Symposium on Information.

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