Robert Calderbank

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Robert Calderbank
Robert Calderbank in 1986
(photo from MFO)
Born (1954-12-28) 28 December 1954 (age 68)
Alma materUniversity of Warwick
University of Oxford
Known forCSS code
Space-time code
Coding Theory
AwardsIEEE Hamming Medal (2013)
IEEE Shannon Award (2015)
Scientific career
FieldsApplied and Computational Mathematics
InstitutionsDuke University
Princeton University
ThesisAlgebraic coding theory (1980)
Doctoral advisorMarshall Hall
Doctoral studentsYuejie Chi

Robert Calderbank (born 28 December 1954) is a professor of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mathematics and director of the Information Initiative at Duke University.[1] He received a BSc from Warwick University in 1975, an MSc from Oxford in 1976, and a PhD from Caltech in 1980, all in mathematics. He joined Bell Labs in 1980, and retired from AT&T Labs in 2003 as Vice President for Research and Internet and network systems. He then went to Princeton as a professor of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Applied and Computational Mathematics, before moving to Duke in 2010 to become Dean of Natural Sciences.[2]

His contributions to coding and information theory won the IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Award in 1995 and 1999.[3]

He was elected as a member into the US National Academy of Engineering in 2005 for leadership in communications research, from advances in algebraic coding theory to signal processing for wire-line and wireless modems.[4] He also became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012.[5]

Calderbank won the 2013 IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal[6] and the 2015 Claude E. Shannon Award.

He was named a SIAM Fellow in the 2021 class of fellows, "for deep contributions to information theory".[7]

He is married to Ingrid Daubechies.[8]


  1. ^ "Calderbank to Direct Interdisciplinary 'Big Data' Effort at Duke". 8 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Duke Names Princeton Professor Dean of Natural Sciences". June 2010.
  3. ^ "Information Theory Society Paper Award". IEEE Information Theory Society. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  4. ^ "NAE Members Directory - Dr. A. Robert Calderbank". United States National Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  5. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-11-10.
  6. ^ "Calderbank Awarded IEEE Hamming Medal". Duke University. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  7. ^ "SIAM Announces Class of 2021 Fellows". 31 March 2021. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Ingrid Daubechies' Personal Biography". Princeton University. Retrieved 13 October 2014.

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