Name: Richard Wesley Hamming
Born: February 11, 1915 in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Death: January 7, 1998 (Age: 82)
Computer related contributions
- American mathematician and author whose work greatly effected the fields of computer science and telecommunications.
- Invented Hamming codes - computer error-detecting and correcting codes.
- Known for Hamming window, Hamming numbers, Sphere-packing, and Hamming distance.
- Founder and president of the Association for Computing Machinery.
- Worked on the Manhattan Project in 1945, programming one of the earliest electronic digital computers.
- The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn (1997)
- The Art of Probability for Scientists and Engineers (1994)
- Methods of Mathematics Applied to Calculus, Probability, and Statistics (1985)
- Numerical Methods for Scientists and Engineers (1962)
Honors and awards
- Basic Research Award, Eduard Rhein Foundation (1996)
- Certificate of Merit, Franklin Institute (1996)
- Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (1994)
- IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal, named after him and was the first recipient of this medal (1988)
- Turing Award, Association for Computing Machinery (1968)
"There are wavelengths that people cannot see, there are sounds that people cannot hear, and maybe computers have thoughts that people cannot think."