Solomon Golomb

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Solomon GolombName: Solomon Wolf Golomb

Born: May 30, 1932 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Computer related contributions

  • American engineer, mathematician, and professor of electrical engineering at the University of Southern California.
  • Known for his development of mathematical games.
  • Created the mathematical game "Cheskers" and coined it's name (1948).
  • Explained polyominoes and pentominoes (1953), which are the inspiration for the computer game Tetris.
  • Pioneered the identification of the characteristics and merits of maximum length shift register sequences, also known as pseudorandoms (used with cellular phones).
  • Schooled in problems of number theory, combinatorial analysis, coding theory, and communications.


  • Signal Design for Good Correlation: For Wireless Communication, Cryptography, and Radar (2005)
  • Polyominoes: Puzzles, Patterns, Problems, and Packings (1996)
  • Basic Concepts in Information Theory and Coding: The Adventures of Secret Agent 00111 (1994)
  • Shift Register Sequences (1981)
  • Polyominoes the Fascinating New Recreation in Mathematics (1965)

Honors and awards

  • Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (2012)
  • National Medal of Science (2011)
  • IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal (2000)
  • Medal of the U.S. National Security Agency (1992)