Thomas M. Cover
|Thomas M. Cover|
August 7, 1938|
San Bernardino, California, U.S.
|Died||March 26, 2012
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
|Fields||Electrical Engineering and Statistics|
|Alma mater||Stanford University|
|Doctoral advisor||Norman Abramson|
|Doctoral students||Abbas El Gamal|
|Known for||Information theory|
|Notable awards||Claude E. Shannon Award (1990), Richard W. Hamming Medal (1997),|
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Thomas M. Cover (San Bernardino, California, August 7, 1938 – Palo Alto, California, March 26, 2012) was an information theorist and professor jointly in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Statistics at Stanford University. He devoted almost his entire career to developing the relationship between information theory and statistics.
Early life and education
Cover was past President of the IEEE Information Theory Society and was a Fellow of the Institute for Mathematical Statistics and of the IEEE. He received the Outstanding Paper Award in Information Theory for his 1972 paper Broadcast Channels; he was selected in 1990 as the Shannon Lecturer, regarded as the highest honor in information theory; in 1997 he received the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal; and in 2003 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
During his 48 year career as a professor of Electrical Engineering and Statistics at Stanford University, he graduated 64 PhD students, authored over 120 journal papers in learning, information theory, statistical complexity, and portfolio theory; and he coauthored the book Elements of Information Theory, which has become the most widely used textbook as an introduction to the topic since the publication of its first edition in 1991. He was also a coeditor of the book Open Problems in Communication and Computation.
- Thomas M. Cover, Joy A. Thomas. Elements of Information Theory New York: Wiley, 1991. ISBN 0-471-06259-6