Claude Shannon

"Information is the resolution of uncertainty."

April 30, 1916
February 24, 2001
Birth Place
Petoskey, Michigan, United States of America
Current Place
Medford, Massachusetts,, United States of America


Claude Elwood Shannon was an American mathematician, electrical engineer, and cryptographer known as 'the father of information theory'. Shannon is famous for having founded information theory with a landmark paper that he published in 1948. He is perhaps equally well known for founding both digital computer and digital circuit design theory in 1937, when, as a 21-year-old master's degree student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he wrote his thesis demonstrating that electrical applications of Boolean algebra could construct any logical, numerical relationship. Shannon contributed to the field of cryptanalysis for national defense during World War II, including his basic work on codebreaking and secure telecommunications.

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