Thomas Cover

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Thomas CoverName: Thomas M. Cover

Born: August 7, 1938 in San Bernardino, California, USA

Death: March 26, 2012 (Age: 73)

Computer related contributions

  • Information theorist and professor at Standford University.
  • Invested most of his career to developing the relationship between information theory and statistics.
  • Former President of the IEEE Information Theory Society.


  • Elements of Information Theory (1991)
  • Open Problems in Communication and Computation
  • Authored over 120 journal papers in learning, statistical complexity, information theory and portfolio theory.

Honors and awards

  • Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2003)
  • IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal (1997)
  • Selected as the Shannon Lecturer (1990)
  • Outstanding Paper Award in Information Theory
  • Institute for Mathematical Statistics Fellow
  • IEEE Fellow