October 10, 1939 |
AT&T Bell Laboratories
|Alma mater||University of Melbourne
|Doctoral advisor||Frederick Jelinek, Wolfgang Fuchs|
|Known for||Sphere Packing, Lattices and Groups (with J. H. Conway), The Theory of Error-Correcting Codes (with F. J. MacWilliams), and the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences|
|Notable awards||Chauvenet Prize
IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal
Neil James Alexander Sloane (born October 10, 1939) is a British-U.S. mathematician. His major contributions are in the fields of combinatorics, error-correcting codes, and sphere packing. Sloane is best known for being the creator and maintainer of the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences.
He studied at Cornell University under Nick DeClaris, Frank Rosenblatt, Frederick Jelinek and Wolfgang Heinrich Johannes Fuchs, receiving his Ph.D. in 1967. His doctoral dissertation was titled Lengths of Cycle Times in Random Neural Networks. Sloane joined AT&T Bell Labs in 1968 and retired from AT&T Labs in 2012. He became an AT&T Fellow in 1998. He is also an IEEE Fellow, a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
His Erdős number is 2, since he coauthored Sphere Packings, Lattices and Groups with John Horton Conway. He has also collaborated with at least seven other Erdős coauthors. He is a winner of the Chauvenet Prize. In 2005 Sloane received the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal. In 2008 he received the Mathematical Association of America David P. Robbins award.
Selected publications 
- N. J. A. Sloane, A Handbook of Integer Sequences, Academic Press, NY, 1973.
- F. J. MacWilliams and N. J. A. Sloane, The Theory of Error-Correcting Codes, Elsevier/North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1977.
- M. Harwit and N. J. A. Sloane, Hadamard Transform Optics, Academic Press, San Diego CA, 1979.
- N. J. A. Sloane and A. D. Wyner, editors, Claude Elwood Shannon: Collected Papers, IEEE Press, NY, 1993.
- N. J. A. Sloane and S. Plouffe, The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, Academic Press, San Diego, 1995.
- J. H. Conway and N. J. A. Sloane, Sphere Packings, Lattices and Groups, Springer-Verlag, NY, 1st edn., 1988; 2nd edn., 1993; 3rd ed., 1998.
- A. S. Hedayat, N. J. A. Sloane and J. Stufken, Orthogonal Arrays: Theory and Applications, Springer-Verlag, NY, 1999.
- G. Nebe, E. M. Rains and N. J. A. Sloane, Self-Dual Codes and Invariant Theory, Springer-Verlag, 2006.
See also 
- Roselle, David P. (1979). "Award of the Chauvenet Prize to Dr. Neil J. A. Sloane". American Mathematical Monthly 86 (2): 79. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
- Sloane's home page "Neil J. A. Sloane: Home Page". Retrieved June 2, 2012.
- Contains information on over two hundred thousand integer sequences "The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences". Retrieved 6 December 2012.
- Neil Sloane at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- "IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal Recipients". IEEE. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
- Sloane's webpage for the book "Rock Climbing New Jersey". Retrieved 6 December 2012.
- Pless, Vera (1978). "Review: The theory of error-correcting codes, I and II, by F. J. MacWilliams and N. J. A. Sloane". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 84 (6): 1356–1359.
- Guy, Richard K. (1989). "Review: Sphere packings, lattices and groups, by J. H. Conway and N. J. A. Sloane". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.) 21 (1): 142–147.
- Rogers, C. A. (1993). "Review: Sphere packings, lattices and groups, second ed., by J. H. Conway and N. J. A. Sloane". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.) 29 (2): 306–314.
- IEEE, "A brief bio of Neil JA Sloane"
- Neil Sloane's entry in the Numericana Hall of Fame
- Science News, "The pattern collector"
- Doron Zeilberger, Opinion 124: A Database is Worth a Thousand Mathematical Articles
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