| Huffman coding|
| Computer scientist|
| August 9, 1925
Ohio (1925-08-09) |
Ohio State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Synthesis of Sequential Switching Circuits (1953)
October 7, 1999, Santa Cruz, California, United States
IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal (1999)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ohio State University
United States of America
Samuel H. Caldwell
David A. Huffman Wikipedia
David Albert Huffman (August 9, 1925 – October 7, 1999) was a pioneer in computer science, known for his Huffman coding. He was also one of the pioneers in the field of mathematical origami. David Huffman died at the age of 74, ten months after being diagnosed with cancer.
Huffman earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Ohio State University in 1944, then served two years as an officer in the United States Navy. He returned to Ohio State to earn his master's degree in electrical engineering in 1949. In 1953, he earned his Doctor of Science in electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with the thesis The Synthesis of Sequential Switching Circuits, advised by Samuel H. Caldwell.
Huffman joined the faculty at MIT in 1953. In 1967, he joined the faculty of University of California, Santa Cruz and helped found its Computer Science Department, where he served as chair from 1970 to 1973. He retired in 1994.1999: The IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal.
1998: A Golden Jubilee Award for Technological Innovation from the IEEE Information Theory Society, for "the invention of the Huffman minimum-length lossless data-compression code".
1981: Charter recipient of the Computer Pioneer Award from the IEEE Computer Society.
1973: The W. Wallace McDowell Award from the IEEE Computer Society.
1955: The Louis E. Levy Medal from the Franklin Institute for his doctoral thesis on sequential switching circuits.