No one is getting any younger, but Calvin mentioned in a a very cool webrtc conference call (appear.io is incredible) that his grandfather worked on information theory. It is one of those things lost in time, but 60 years ago was an incredible time for the basis of information theory. From Shannon to McCluskey, the very ideas of what constitutes information were first being explored. It is so cool that this is now used in quantum physics because in essence we are about encodings.
But thanks to google patents, here are some of the work his grandfather did on the now long dead field of error coding. That is, if you are given a string of bits, how do you send them and hope to have them be correct. I still remember looking through those patents many years ago and their IEEE articles. A real blast from the past:
- Correction of synchronization errors. IEEE Transactions on Information Theory
- Error correcting systems Patent 3,728,678.
- Frequency shift with variable rates. Patent 3,908,169.
- Generalized burst error trapping. IEEE Transactions on Information Theory article
- Burst error trapping in a complex channel. IEEE Transactions on Information Theory article.
- Error correcting using diffuse codes. Patent 3,718,905
- Digital Demodulator for differentialy encode phase shift keying. Patent 3997847
- Systematic construction of self-orthogonal error code. IEEE Transactions.
- Minimizing power transmission losses. and the article 1963. IEEE Transactions on Power Apparatus and Systems
- University of Vermont. Graduate Teaching Fellow. 1960-61
- Inverse of a finite field Vandermonte matrix. ACM Transactions on Information Theory
Then from Microsoft search shows five publications:
- Bell 212A modem. This was one of the first LSI projects for Bell Labs done in Sunnyvale for Bell Laboratories
His thesis advisor:
- Eugene McCluskey. I had not realized he started CSL at Stanford