Eugene Prange

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Eugene A. Prange (c. 1918 – February 12, 2006)[1] was an American coding theorist, a researcher at the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory in Massachusetts who "introduced many of the early fundamental ideas of algebraic coding theory"[2] and was the first to investigate cyclic codes in 1957.[3][4] With Andrew Gleason, he is the namesake of the Gleason–Prange theorem on the symmetries of the extended quadratic residue code.[5]

Prange graduated from the University of Illinois and spent World War II serving his country in England as an intelligence officer. He then studied at Harvard University before joining AFCRL.[1]


  1. ^ a b Obituary at, accessed 2013-05-05.
  2. ^ Assmus, E. F., Jr. (1983), "Applications of algebraic coding theory to finite geometric problems", Finite geometries (Pullman, Wash., 1981), Lecture Notes in Pure and Appl. Math., 82, New York: Dekker, pp. 23–32, MR 690793 
  3. ^ Lin, Shu; Costello, Daniel J. (2004). Error Control Coding. Pearson Education. p. 136. ISBN 978-0130426727. 
  4. ^ Costello, Daniel J., Jr.; Forney, G. David, Jr. (2007), "Channel coding: The road to channel capacity", Proceedings of the IEEE, 95 (6): 1150–1177, arXiv:cs.IT/0611112Freely accessible, doi:10.1109/jproc.2007.895188 .
  5. ^ Blahut, R. E. (September 2006), "The Gleason-Prange theorem", IEEE Trans. Inf. Theory, Piscataway, NJ, USA: IEEE Press, 37 (5): 1269–1273, doi:10.1109/18.133245 .