Laureates of the Japan Prize


Dr. W. Wesley Peterson

1999 (15th) Japan Prize Laureate

Information Technologies
Establishment of coding theory for reliable digital communication, broadcasting and storage
Commemorative Lecture
Mathematics in Error Detection and Correction
Nationality: USA
Date of Birth: April 22 1924
Academic Degrees:
1948 Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan (Mathematics)
1949 Bachelor of Science, University of Michigan (Engineering Mathematics)
1950 Master of Science, University of Michigan (Electrical Engineering)
1954 Ph.D., University of Michigan (Electrical Engineering)
Professional Career:
1950‐54 Research Associate, University of Michigan
1954‐56 Associate Engineer, IBM, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
1959‐60 Visiting Associate Professor, MIT
1956‐63 Professor, University of Florida
1964‐Present Professor, University of Hawaii
Title: Professor of Information and Computer Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Major Publications and Scientific Papers:
  1. W.W. Peterson, Error Correcting Codes,MIT Press 1961. (Translated into German and Russian and also reprinted in Japan and Taiwan.)
  2. W.W. Peterson and D.T.Brown, "Cyclic codes for error detection," Proceedings of the IRE Volume 49, pages 228-235, January, 1961.
  3. W.W. Peterson,"Encoding and error-correcting procedures for Bose-Chaudhuri codes," IRE Transactions, Volume IT-6,1960,pp459-470
  4. W.W. Peterson,"On checking an adder," IBM Journal , Volume 2,1958, pp.166-168.
  5. W.W. Peterson, T.G.Birdsall,and W.C.Fox,"The theory of signal detectability," IRE Transactions,Volume PGIT-4,September,1954, pp. 171-212. Reprinted in Readings in Mathematical Psychology, Luce,Bush, and Gelanter, ed., Wiley, New York,1963.
  6. W.W. Peterson and E. J. Weldon, Jr. Error Correcting Codes Second Edition, MIT Press 1972.
Major Awards:
  • Excellence in Research Award, University of Hawaii (1966)
  • Shannon Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Information Theory Society(1981)
  • IEEE Centennial Medal (1984)
Membership in Academic Institutions and Societies:
  • Member, Association for Computing Machinery
  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

( At the time of receipt of the Prize )

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