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Elwyn Ralph Berlekamp

American mathematician

Elwyn Ralph Berlekamp is ...


Born 6 September 1940 in Dover
Died 9 April 2019 in Piedmont
Age 78 years, 7 months
Cause pulmonary fibrosis

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Occupation mathematician and computer scientist
Awards IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal, Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Claude E. Shannon Award
Member of American Mathematical Society, National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Engineering

About Elwyn Ralph Berlekamp

Elwyn Ralph Berlekamp (September 6, 1940 – April 9, 2019) was an American mathematician known for his work in computer science, coding theory and combinatorial game theory. He was a professor emeritus of mathematics and EECS at the University of California, Berkeley.Berlekamp was the inventor of an algorithm to factor polynomials, and was one of the inventors of the Berlekamp–Welch algorithm and the Berlekamp–Massey algorithms, which are used to implement Reed–Solomon error correction.

Berlekamp had also been active in money management. In 1986, he began information-theoretic studies of commodity and financial futures.

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