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smelling pool of broadcasting corporations Wesley Hamming (* 11. February 1915 in Chicago, Illinois, the USA; † 7. January 1998 in Monterey, California) was an US-American mathematician, whose work had large influence on computer science and telecommunications.

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Hamming one bore in Chicago and also grew up there. Its scientific career led from the University OF Chicago (Bachelor 1937) across the University OF Nebraska (master 1939) to the University OF Illinois (Graduation in mathematics 1942). During the Second World War he was a professor at the University OF Louisville. Starting from 1945 it cooperated in the Manhattan project in Los Alamos . There it concerned itself with programming first digital computers for physical computations. Of themA goal was to be clarified whether after the ignition of an atom bomb the terrestrial atmosphere would burn. The computations resulted in that this would not happen. Thereupon the USA ignited several atom bombs, first with a test in new Mexico, later twice in the war against Japan.

Between 1946 and 1976 worked Hamming with Claude Shannon for Bell lab. To 23. It changed July 1976 as an extraordinary professor into the Naval Postgraduate School. Here it was active until 1997. 1997 it was emeritiert.

He was joint founder of the Association for Computing Machinery andoccasionally also their president. From this organization it received the Turing Award for its publications to 1968 over numeric methods, automatic codification systems, errorrecognizing and errorcorrecting codes.

the founder of the algebraic coding theory is considered to achievements Hamming as one. Its most important scientific contributions coverthe Hamming code, the Hamming window and the signal distance .

among other things

Hamming 1968 the Turing price for its work received honors over errorrecognizing and - correcting codes.

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see also: Hamming similarity


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