Remembering Claude Shannon

The GMU Digital history project has an entry on Claude Shannon Remembering Claude Shannon. Below is my entry.

Submitted May 5, 2001, 3:20 PM

What are your most vivid memories of Claude Shannon?

I never met Shannon. However, some years ago I had decided that he would be intrigued by the progress I had made and sent him some of my papers. I got no response for a while until one day I got a phone call. It was from Betty Shannon, who said that unfortunately Shannon had Altzheimer's and could not respond. At that sad point it was clear that I was on my own...

How did Claude Shannon affect your own work?

Shannon's information theory dramatically affected my work. I entered graduate school looking for a mathematics to describe how living things work. I found out that I could use information theory to dissect what the molecules are doing in living things. Lots more information about this work is given at my web site,

color bar Small icon for Theory of Molecular Machines: physics,
chemistry, biology, molecular biology, evolutionary theory,
genetic engineering, sequence logos, information theory,
electrical engineering, thermodynamics, statistical
mechanics, hypersphere packing, gumball machines, Maxwell's
Daemon, limits of computers

Schneider Lab

origin:    2012 Apr 09
updated: 2012 Apr 09

color bar

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  |  National Institutes of Health  |  National Cancer Institute  |  | 
Policies  |  Viewing Files  |  Accessibility  |  FOIA