Elwyn Berlekamp

1940 - 2019

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Elwyn Ralph Berlekamp (September 6, 1940 – April 9, 2019) was an American mathematician known for his work in computer science, coding theory and combinatorial game theory. He was a professor emeritus of mathematics and EECS at the University of California, Berkeley.Berlekamp was the inventor of an algorithm to factor polynomials, and was one of the inventors of the Berlekamp–Welch algorithm and the Berlekamp–Massey algorithms, which are used to implement Reed–Solomon error correction. Berlekamp had also been active in money management. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Elwyn Berlekamp has received more than 146,610 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Elwyn Berlekamp is the 772nd most popular mathematician (down from 624th in 2019), the 9,125th most popular biography from United States (down from 5,405th in 2019) and the 63rd most popular American Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Elwyn Berlekamp ranks 772 out of 828Before him are Stanislav Smirnov, Marston Morse, Yury Osipov, William Gemmell Cochran, Demetrios Christodoulou, and Raoul Bott. After him are Simon Singh, Evelyn Boyd Granville, Christine Darden, Gladys West, Richard Rado, and Ken Ribet.

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Among people born in 1940, Elwyn Berlekamp ranks 427Before him are Tom Brokaw, Fontella Bass, Billy Fury, Lamar Alexander, Phelekezela Mphoko, and Ellie Greenwich. After him are Stanislav Stepashkin, Miguel Ángel Loayza, Ken Fletcher, Kenneth Clarke, Johnny Giles, and Phil Lesh. Among people deceased in 2019, Elwyn Berlekamp ranks 411Before him are Dave Bartholomew, Jürgen Kissner, Ted Lindsay, W. Morgan Sheppard, D. M. Jayaratne, and W. S. Merwin. After him are Lothar Kobluhn, Bernard Tchoullouyan, John Singleton, Guy François, James Frawley, and Mary Oliver.

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Among people born in United States, Elwyn Berlekamp ranks 9,125 out of 15,968Before him are Danny Masterson (1976), Payne Stewart (1957), Kathryn Hahn (1974), Christian Serratos (1990), Elliot Richardson (1920), and Pat Carroll (1927). After him are Chris Elliott (1960), John Perry Barlow (1947), Alma Rubens (1897), Elliott Coues (1842), Bud Houser (1901), and Terry Bisson (1942).

Among MATHEMATICIANS In United States

Among mathematicians born in United States, Elwyn Berlekamp ranks 63Before him are Barry Mazur (1937), Richard Garfield (1963), Marshall Harvey Stone (1903), Hassler Whitney (1907), Garrett Birkhoff (1911), and Marston Morse (1892). After him are Evelyn Boyd Granville (1924), Christine Darden (1942), Gladys West (1930), Ken Ribet (1948), George Mostow (1923), and Martin Davis (1928).