November 23, 1923|
New Brunswick, New Jersey
|Died||December 7, 2001
|Fields||Information theory, Coding theory|
|Alma mater||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Known for||Binary erasure channel
Peter Elias (November 23, 1923 – December 7, 2001) was a pioneer in the field of information theory. Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, he was a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty from 1953 to 1991.
In 1955, Elias introduced convolutional codes as an alternative to block codes. He also established the binary erasure channel and proposed list decoding of error-correcting codes as an alternative to unique decoding.
Elias received in 1998 a Golden Jubilee Award for Technological Innovation from the IEEE Information Theory Society; and in 2002 the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal, for "fundamental and pioneering contributions to information theory and its applications". He is also a recipient of the Claude E. Shannon Award (1977).
He died at 78 of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
- "Golden Jubilee Awards for Technological Innovation". IEEE Information Theory Society. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
- "IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
- "MIT Professor Peter Elias dies at 78"
- Peter Elias at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoir
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