Richard Hamming

1915 - 1998

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Richard Wesley Hamming (February 11, 1915 – January 7, 1998) was an American mathematician whose work had many implications for computer engineering and telecommunications. His contributions include the Hamming code (which makes use of a Hamming matrix), the Hamming window, Hamming numbers, sphere-packing (or Hamming bound), Hamming graph concepts, and the Hamming distance. Born in Chicago, Hamming attended University of Chicago, University of Nebraska and the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where he wrote his doctoral thesis in mathematics under the supervision of Waldemar Trjitzinsky (1901–1973). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Hamming has received more than 478,001 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia. Richard Hamming is the 340th most popular mathematician (up from 379th in 2019), the 2,895th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,140th in 2019) and the 17th most popular Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Richard Hamming ranks 340 out of 823Before him are Gerhard Gentzen, Abraham Wald, Edward Waring, Felix Bernstein, Jesse Douglas, and Pietro Cataldi. After him are Paul Lévy, William Sealy Gosset, Thomas Fincke, Stephen Smale, Edward Kasner, and Karl Menger.

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Among people born in 1915, Richard Hamming ranks 90Before him are Arsenio Erico, Kon Ichikawa, Carmen Herrera, Gretl Braun, Nguyễn Văn Linh, and John Vorster. After him are Lorne Greene, Piet de Jong, Tapio Wirkkala, Horst Sindermann, Henry Taube, and Ibolya Csák. Among people deceased in 1998, Richard Hamming ranks 97Before him are Zbigniew Herbert, Birger Ruud, Shinichi Suzuki, Nguyễn Văn Linh, Lucio Battisti, and Vladimir Demikhov. After him are Clara Rockmore, Hans von Ohain, Archie Moore, Slava Metreveli, Nino Ferrer, and Aymoré Moreira.

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Among people born in United States, Richard Hamming ranks 2,895 out of 18,182Before him are Robert Morris (1931), Pink (1979), Marsha P. Johnson (1945), Christine Chubbuck (1944), Octavia Spencer (1972), and Joan Bennett (1910). After him are Jeff Porcaro (1954), Lesley Gore (1946), Leon Czolgosz (1873), William Zabka (1965), Richard F. Gordon Jr. (1929), and Basil Poledouris (1945).

Among MATHEMATICIANS In United States

Among mathematicians born in United States, Richard Hamming ranks 17Before him are Sam Loyd (1841), Karen Uhlenbeck (1942), Richard S. Hamilton (1943), Paul Cohen (1934), John Milnor (1931), and Jesse Douglas (1897). After him are Stephen Smale (1930), Edward Kasner (1878), John G. Thompson (1932), Jim Simons (1938), Raymond Smullyan (1919), and Julia Robinson (1919).