Richard Hamming
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Richard Wesley Hamming (February 11, 1915 – January 7, 1998) was a mathematician whose work had many implications for computer science and telecommunications. His contributions to science include the Hamming code, the Hamming window (described in section 5.8 of Digital Filters) and the Hamming distance.
He was born in Chicago and died in Monterey, California. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago in 1937, a master's degree from the University of Nebraska in 1939, and finally a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign in 1942. He was a professor at the University of Louisville when World War II was going on, and left to work on the Manhattan Project in 1945, programming one of the earliest electronic digital computers to calculate the solution to equations provided by the project's physicists. The objective of the program was to discover if the detonation of an atomic bomb would ignite the atmosphere. The result of the computation was that this would not occur, and so the United States used the bomb, first in a test in New Mexico, and then twice against Japan.
Later 19461976 he worked at the Bell Telephone Laboratories, where he collaborated with Claude E. Shannon. On July 23rd, 1976 he moved to the Naval Postgraduate School, where he worked as an Adjunct Professor until 1997, when he became Professor Emeritus.
He was a founder of the Association for Computing Machinery, which he also served as its President.
Awards and professional recognition
 Association for Computing Machinery Turing Award, 1968.
 Fellow of the IEEE, 1968.
 IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award, 1979.
 Member of the National Academy of Engineering, 1980.
 University of Pennsylvania Harold Pender Award, 1981.
 IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal, 1988.
 Eduard Rhein Award, 1996.
The Richard W. Hamming Medal is an award given annually by IEEE for 'exceptional contributions to information sciences, systems and technology'.
See also
Books
 Numerical Methods for Scientists and Engineers, McGrawHill, 1962; second edition 1973.
 Calculus and the Computer Revolution, HoughtonMifflin, 1968.
 Introduction To Applied Numerical Analysis, McGrawHill, 1971.
 Computers and Society, McGrawHill, 1972.
 Digital Filters, PrenticeHall, 1977; second edition 1983; third edition 1989. ISBN 048665088X
 Coding and Information Theory, PrenticeHall 1980; second edition 1986.
 Methods of Mathematics Applied to Calculus, Probability, and Statistics, PrenticeHall, 1985.
 The Art of Probability for Scientists and Engineers, AddisonWesley, 1991.
 Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn, Gordon and Breach, 1997.
Quotes
Machines should work. People should think.
Does anyone believe that the difference between the Lebesgue and Riemann integrals can have physical significance, and that whether say, an airplane would or would not fly could depend on this difference? If such were claimed, I should not care to fly in that plane.
There are wavelengths that people cannot see, there are sounds that people cannot hear, and maybe computers have thoughts that people cannot think.
—Richard Hamming
External links and references
 http://wombat.doc.ic.ac.uk/foldoc/foldoc.cgi?Richard+Hamming  FOLDOC biography of Hamming.
 This article was originally based on material from the Free Online Dictionary of Computing, which is licensed under the GFDL.