# Claude E. Shannon: A retrospective on his life, work, and impact

@article{Gallager2001ClaudeES, title={Claude E. Shannon: A retrospective on his life, work, and impact}, author={Robert G. Gallager}, journal={IEEE Trans. Information Theory}, year={2001}, volume={47}, pages={2681-2695} }

- Published in IEEE Trans. Information Theory 2001
DOI:10.1109/18.959253

Claude E. Shannon invented information theory and provided the concepts, insights, and mathematical formulations that now form the basis for modern communication technology. In a surprisingly large number of ways, he enabled the information age. A major part of this influence comes from his two-part monumental 1948 paper, “A Mathematical Theory of Communication.” We attempt here to provide some clues as to how a single person could have such a major impact. We first describe Shannon’s life and… CONTINUE READING