Claude Shannon
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Claude Elwood Shannon (1916 - 2001)

Claude Elwood Shannon
Born in Petoskey, Michigan, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 1940 (to 1941) [location unknown]
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Died at age 84 in Medford, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Claude Shannon was awarded the National Medal of Science.


Claude Elwood Shannon (April 30, 1916 – February 24, 2001) 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", which he published in 1948.

Notable awards

Stuart Ballantine Medal (1955)
IEEE Medal of Honor (1966)
National Medal of Science (1966)
Harvey Prize (1972)
Claude E. Shannon Award (1972)
Harold Pender Award (1978)
John Fritz Medal (1983)
Kyoto Prize (1985)
National Inventors Hall of Fame (2004)

His father, Claude, Sr. (1862–1934), a descendant of early settlers of New Jersey, was a self-made businessman, and for a while, a Judge of Probate. Shannon's mother was Mabel Wolf Shannon (1890–1945)


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