David Huffman

Updated: 10/11/2017 by Computer Hope

David HuffmanName: David Albert Huffman

Born: August 9, 1925, in Ohio

Death: October 7, 1999 (Age: 74)

Computer-related contributions

  • Programmer and pioneer in computer science, known for his work on developing Huffman coding in 1952.

Honors and awards

  • The IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal.
  • A Golden Jubilee Award for Technological Innovation from the IEEE Information Theory Society, for "the invention of the Huffman minimum-length lossless data-compression code".
  • Charter recipient of the Computer Pioneer Award from the IEEE Computer Society.
  • The W. Wallace McDowell Award from the IEEE Computer Society.
  • The Louis E. Levy Medal from the Franklin Institute for his doctoral thesis on sequential switching circuits.