Robert Calderbank

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Robert Calderbank
Robert Calderbank.jpg
Robert Calderbank in 1986
(photo from MFO)
Born (1954-12-28) 28 December 1954 (age 64)
Alma materUniversity of Warwick
University of Oxford
AwardsIEEE Hamming Medal (2013)
IEEE Shannon Award (2015)
Scientific career
FieldsApplied and Computational Mathematics
InstitutionsDuke University
Princeton University
Doctoral advisorMarshall Hall

Robert Calderbank (born 28 December 1954) is a professor of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mathematics and director of the Information Initiative at Duke.[1] He received a BSc from Warwick University in 1975, an MSc from Oxford in 1976, and a PhD from Caltech, 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] While at Bell Labs, he co-discovered space–time coding. He was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2005,[4] became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012,[5] and won the 2013 IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal[6] and the 2015 Claude E. Shannon Award.

He is married to Ingrid Daubechies.[7]


  1. ^ "Calderbank to Direct Interdisciplinary 'Big Data' Effort at Duke".
  2. ^ "Duke Names Princeton Professor Dean of Natural Sciences".
  3. ^ "Information Theory Society Paper Award". IEEE Information Theory Society. Retrieved 2013-03-06.
  4. ^ "NAE Members Directory - Dr. A. Robert Calderbank". United States National Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 2013-03-06.
  5. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-11-10.
  6. ^ "Calderbank Awarded IEEE Hamming Medal". Duke University. Retrieved 2013-03-06.
  7. ^ "Ingrid Daubechies' Personal Biography". Princeton University. Retrieved 2014-10-13.

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