DAVID HUFFMAN

(1925-1999)

 

Huffman gained the B.E.E. and M.Sc.E.E. from Ohio State University and the Sc.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. David Huffman joined the faculty of MIT in 1953, where his interests included efficient encoding techniques (Huffman coding), synthesis procedures for sequential circuits, signal design and digital signal processing, and scene analysis. In 1967, he joined the faculty of the University of California, Santa Cruz. One of his most famous achievements was the development of the Huffman Code for data compression, a technique that enabled significant space savings to be made in computer storage.

 

His awards include the Louis E. Levy Medal from the Franklin Institute and the W. Wallace McDowell and Computer Pioneer awards from the Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. In the latter part of his career his interests included the mathematical and physical properties of surfaces, especially zero-curvature (or paper) surfaces. In 1999, he was honoured with the Richard W. Hamming Medal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 

 

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