Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Name: Robert Mario Fano
Born: November 11, 1917, in Torino (Turin), Italy
- Computer Scientist and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Known for his work on information theory, inventing (with Claude Shannon) Shannon-Fano coding.
- Involved in the development of time-sharing computers, and served as director of MIT's Project MAC from its founding.
- Published articles and books about microwave systems, electromagnetism, network theory, and engineering education.
- Transmission of Information: A Statistical Theory of Communications (1961).
- Electromagnetic Fields, Energy, and Forces (1960).
- Electromagnetic Energy Transmission and Radiation (1960).
Honors and awards
- Claude E. Shannon Award (1976).
- Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
- Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.