Weaver, Warren

Weaver, Warren,

1894–1978, American scientist, b. Reedsburg, Wis., grad. Univ. of Wisconsin. He taught mathematics at Wisconsin (1920–32), was director of the division of natural sciences at the Rockefeller Institute (1932–55), and was science consultant (1947–51), trustee (1954), and vice president (from 1958) at the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research. Weaver's chief researches were in the problems of communication in science and in the mathematical theory of probability. He was one of the founders of information theoryinformation theory
or communication theory,
mathematical theory formulated principally by the American scientist Claude E. Shannon to explain aspects and problems of information and communication.
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, or communication theory. His writings include the preface to the seminal work in the field, Claude E. ShannonShannon, Claude Elwood,
1916–2001, American applied mathematician, b. Gaylord, Michigan. A student of Vannevar Bush at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he was the first to propose the application of symbolic logic to the design of relay circuitry with his
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's The Mathematical Theory of Communication (1949).
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Weaver, Warren

(1894–1978) mathematician; born in Reedsburg, Wis. A mathematics teacher early in his career, he is noted for promoting scientific research, especially as director of natural sciences for the Rockefeller Foundation (1932–55) and adviser to other foundations (1956–78). A past president of the National Academy of Sciences and defense department adviser, he is the author of an autobiography, mathematics texts, and Alice in Many Tongues, a book that reflects his fascination with Lewis Carroll.
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Weaver, Warren: The Man, The Court, The Era (Boston, 1967).