Jorma Rissanen

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Jorma RissanenName: Jorma J. Rissanen

Born: October 20, 1932 in Pielisjärvi (now Lieksa), Finland

Computer related contributions

  • IBM researcher since 1960 and an information theorist, known for inventing the arithmetic coding technique of lossless data compression, and the minimum description length principle.


  • Optimal Estimation of Parameters (2012)

Honors and awards

  • IEEE Claude E. Shannon Award (2009)
  • Kolmogorov Medal (2006)
  • Golden Jubilee Award for Technological Innovation from the IEEE Information Theory Society (1998)
  • IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal (1993)