David A. Huffman
David A. Huffman
Born August 9, 1925(1925-08-09)
Died October 7, 1999(1999-10-07) (aged 74)
Santa Cruz, California
Residence USA
Fields Information theory, Coding theory
Alma mater Ohio State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisor Samuel H. Caldwell
Known for Huffman coding

David Albert Huffman (August 9, 1925 – October 7, 1999) was a pioneer in computer science. He is well-known for his Huffman coding.[1][2] David Huffman died at the age of 74 after a 10-month battle with cancer.



Huffman earned in 1944 his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Ohio State University and served then two years as officer in the United States Navy. He went back to Ohio State to earn in 1949 his master’s degree in electrical engineering. In 1953 he collected 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.[1][2][3]

Awards and honors


  1. ^ a b Gary Stix (September 1991). "Profile: Information Theorist David A. Huffman". Scientific American (Nature Publishing Group) 265 (3): pp.54–58. http://www.huffmancoding.com/my-family/my-uncle/scientific-american. Retrieved July 13, 2011 (2011-07-13). 
  2. ^ a b Stephens, Tim; Burns, Jim (October 11, 1999 (1999-10-11)). "Eminent UCSC computer scientist David Huffman dies at age 74". Currents Online. University of California, Santa Cruz. http://www1.ucsc.edu/currents/99-00/10-11/huffman.html. Retrieved July 13, 2011 (2011-07-13). 
  3. ^ a b David Albert Huffman at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
  4. ^ "IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal Recipients". IEEE. http://www.ieee.org/documents/hamming_rl.pdf. Retrieved July 12, 2011 (2011-07-12). 
  5. ^ "Golden Jubilee Awards for Technological Innovation". IEEE Information Theory Society. http://www.itsoc.org/honors/golden-jubilee-awards-for-technological-innovation. Retrieved July 14, 2011 (2011-07-14). 
  6. ^ "Computer Pioneer Charter Recipients". IEEE Computer Society. http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/pioneer#_118_tabs_WAR_pluginsui_INSTANCE_d0QT_tab2. Retrieved July 13, 2011 (2011-07-13). 
  7. ^ "Past recipients for W. Wallace McDowell Award". IEEE Computer Society. http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/wallace#_118_tabs_WAR_pluginsui_INSTANCE_RAqi_tab1. Retrieved July 13, 2011 (2011-07-13). 
  8. ^ "Franklin Laureate Database - Louis E. Levy Medal Laureates". Franklin Institute. http://www.fi.edu/winners/show_results.faw?gs=&ln=&fn=&keyword=&subject=&award=LEVY+&sy=1923&ey=1999&name=Submit. Retrieved July 12, 2011 (2011-07-12). 

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