Professor Robert J. McEliece has been chosen to receive the IEEE Information Theory Society's highest honor, the Claude E. Shannon Award for 2004, honoring his consistent and profound contributions to the field of information theory. Professor McEliece will receive an honorarium of $10,000 and will present a talk as part of the Shannon Lecture Series at the IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory in 2004.

The award is named for Claude E. Shannon, an American mathematical engineer, whose work on technical and engineering problems within the communications industry laid the groundwork for both the computer industry and telecommunications.

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