Jack Wolf

Jack Wolf
Nationality American
Fields Electrical engineering
Alma mater Princeton University Ph.D.
Doctoral advisor John B. Thomas

Jack Keil Wolf (March 14, 1935 – May 12, 2011) was an American researcher in information theory and coding theory.


Wolf was born in 1935 in Newark, New Jersey, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1956 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1960 for his thesis "On the Detection and Estimation Problem for Multiple Nonstationary Random Processes". He held faculty appointments at New York University 1963–1965, the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn 1965–1973 and the University of Massachusetts Amherst 1973–1984, and worked at RCA Laboratories and Bell Laboratories. In 1984, he joined the University of California, San Diego, where he applied communication and information theory to magnetic storage. He also held a part-time appointment at Qualcomm since its formation in 1985. He was president of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 1974. He died on May 12, 2011.[1]

Awards and honors


  1. "Jack Wolf, Who Did the Math Behind Computers, Dies at 76". New York Times. May 20, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-21. Jack Keil Wolf, an engineer and computer theorist whose mathematical reasoning about how best to transmit and store information helped shape the digital innards of computers and other devices that power modern society, died on May 12 at his home in the La Jolla section of San Diego. He was 76. The cause was amyloidosis, a disorder caused by the buildup of a complex protein in body tissue or organs, his daughter Sarah Wolf said. ...
  2. "Fellow Class of 1973". IEEE. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
  3. "Fellows - Jack Keil Wolf". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
  4. "NAE Members Directory - Dr. Jack Keil Wolf". NAE. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
  5. "IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
  6. "Claude E. Shannon Award". IEEE Information Theory Society. Retrieved February 20, 2011.
  7. "IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
  8. "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter W" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
  9. "NAS Membership Directory". NAS. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
  10. "Fellows". American Association for the Advancement of Science. Archived from the original on January 15, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2011. Search by Name=W and Search By Section=Engineering
  11. Bob Brown (June 6, 2011). "2011 Marconi Prize goes to giants of cellular communications, data storage". networkworld.com. Network World. Retrieved June 7, 2011.

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