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Claude Shannon: Tinkerer, Prankster, and Father of Information Theory - IEEE Spectrum

This month marks the centennial of the birth of Claude Shannon, the American mathematician and electrical engineer whose groundbreaking work laid out the theoretical foundation for modern digital communications. To celebrate the occasion, we’re republishing online a memorable profile of Shannon that IEEE Spectrum ran in its April 1992 issue . Written by former Spectrum editor John Horgan , who interviewed Shannon at his home in Winchester, Mass., the profile reveals the many facets of Shannon’s character: While best known as the father of information theory, Shannon was also an inventor, tinkerer, puzzle solver, and prankster. The 1992 profile included a portrait of Shannon taken by Boston-area photographer Stanley Rowin . On this page we’re reproducing that portrait along with other Shannon photos by Rowin that Spectrum has never published. Shannon died in 2001 at age 84 ...

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