Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Dr. W. Wesley Peterson

Dr. W. Wesley Peterson

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  • Date of Birth:
    22 April 1924

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 1999 Japan Prize

Major Awards

1966 Excellence in Research Award, University of Hawaii
1981 Shannon Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Information Theory Society
1984 IEEE Centennial Medal

Membership in Academic Institutions and Societies

Member, Association for Computing Machinery
Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

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


  • Professor of Information and Computer Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Major Publications and Scientific Papers

  • W.W. Peterson, Error Correcting Codes,MIT Press 1961. (Translated into German and Russian and also reprinted in Japan and Taiwan.)
  • W.W. Peterson and D.T.Brown, "Cyclic codes for error detection," Proceedings of the IRE Volume 49, pages 228-235, January, 1961.
  • W.W. Peterson,"Encoding and error-correcting procedures for Bose-Chaudhuri codes," IRE Transactions, Volume IT-6,1960,pp459-470
  • W.W. Peterson,"On checking an adder," IBM Journal , Volume 2,1958, pp.166-168.
  • 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.
  • W.W. Peterson and E. J. Weldon, Jr. Error Correcting Codes Second Edition, MIT Press 1972.
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