Stephen O. Rice

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Stephen "Steve" Oswald Rice (November 29, 1907 – November 18, 1986) was a pioneer in the related fields of information theory, communications theory, and telecommunications.[1][2]


Rice was born in Shedds, Oregon (later renamed Shedd).

He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Oregon State University and did graduate work at Caltech and at Columbia University. He worked for nearly forty years at Bell Labs.[3] At Bell Labs, Rice discovered the Rice distribution and Rice's formula. In 1957–58 he was a visiting professor at Harvard University.

His paper “Mathematical Analysis of Random Noise”, published in the Bell System Technical Journal divided over two issues,[4][5] is considered as a classic reference in its field.[1][2]

He died in La Jolla, California.

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Stephen Rice". IEEE Global History Network. IEEE. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Slepian, David (1991). "Stephen O. Rice". Memorial Tributes: National Academy of Engineering. 4. National Academies Press. pp. 299–304. ISBN 978-0-309-04349-6. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ Stephen Oswald Rice: Oregon Stater Engineering Hall of Fame: College of Engineering – Oregon State University
  4. ^ Rice, S.O. (1944). "Mathematical Analysis of Random Noise". Bell System Technical Journal. Bell Labs. 23 (3): 282–332. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ Rice, S.O. (1945). "Mathematical Analysis of Random Noise". Bell System Technical Journal. Bell Labs. 24 (1): 46–156. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ "NAE Members Directory - Mr. Stephen O. Rice". NAE. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ "IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize in the Field of Communications Theory". IEEE Communications Society. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
Preceded by
Harold Rosen
IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal
Succeeded by
Andrew Viterbi