Vladimir Levenshtein

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Vladimir LevenshteinName: Vladimir Losifovich Levenshtein

Born: 1935

Computer related contributions

  • Russian scientist known for the Levenshtein algorithm, and the Levenshtein distance, which he developed in 1965.
  • Interested in information theory, combinatorial design and error-correcting codes.


  • Association schemes and coding theory (1998)
  • Binary codes capable of correcting deletions, insertions, and reversals (1965)

Honors and awards

  • IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal (2006)
  • Fellow of the IEEE Information Theory Society