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Claude Shannon

1916 - 2001

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Claude Elwood Shannon (April 30, 1916 – February 24, 2001) was an American mathematician, electrical engineer, and cryptographer known as a "father of information theory".As a 21-year-old master's degree student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he wrote his thesis demonstrating that electrical applications of Boolean algebra could construct any logical numerical relationship. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Claude Shannon has received more than 3,934,464 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia. Claude Shannon is the 47th most popular mathematician (up from 65th in 2019), the 268th most popular biography from United States (up from 361st in 2019) and the 3rd most popular American Mathematician.

Claude Shannon is most famous for his work in information theory, which is the study of how information is encoded and transmitted.

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Among mathematicians, Claude Shannon ranks 47 out of 823Before him are Archytas, Johann Bernoulli, Emmy Noether, Charles Sanders Peirce, Eudoxus of Cnidus, and Sophie Germain. After him are Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Norbert Wiener, Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet, Philolaus, Karl Weierstrass, and Sofia Kovalevskaya.

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Among people born in 1916, Claude Shannon ranks 12Before him are Francis Crick, Aldo Moro, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Olivia de Havilland, Roald Dahl, and Hans-Ulrich Rudel. After him are Harold Wilson, Ahmed Ben Bella, Herbert A. Simon, João Havelange, Ferruccio Lamborghini, and Hans Eysenck. Among people deceased in 2001, Claude Shannon ranks 6Before him are Anthony Quinn, Tove Jansson, George Harrison, Josef Bican, and Ahmad Shah Massoud. After him are Jorge Amado, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary, Jack Lemmon, Herbert A. Simon, Didi, and Christiaan Barnard.

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Among people born in United States, Claude Shannon ranks 268 out of 18,182Before him are Mary Cassatt (1844), B.B. King (1925), Robert Peary (1856), Margaret Mitchell (1900), Leonard Bernstein (1918), and John Quincy Adams (1767). After him are Robert Andrews Millikan (1868), Rachel Carson (1907), Benjamin Harrison (1833), Robert Fulton (1765), Jesse James (1847), and Irvin D. Yalom (1931).

Among MATHEMATICIANS In United States

Among mathematicians born in United States, Claude Shannon ranks 3Before him are John Forbes Nash Jr. (1928) and Charles Sanders Peirce (1839). After him are Norbert Wiener (1894), Katherine Johnson (1918), Edward Norton Lorenz (1917), Herbert A. Hauptman (1917), Mary Jackson (1921), Alonzo Church (1903), Lloyd Shapley (1923), Sam Loyd (1841), and Karen Uhlenbeck (1942).