Solomon W. Golomb

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Solomon Wolf Golomb (/ɡəlm/;[1] May 30, 1932 – May 1, 2016) was an American mathematician, engineer, and professor of electrical engineering at the University of Southern California, best known for his works on mathematical games.[2] Most notably, he invented Cheskers (a hybrid between chess and checkers) in 1948. He also fully described polyominoes and pentominoes in 1953.[3][4] He specialized in problems of combinatorial analysis, number theory, coding theory, and communications. Pentomino boardgames, based on his work, would go on to inspire Tetris.[5]

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Solomon W. Golomb
Solomon Wolf Golomb

(1932-05-30)May 30, 1932
DiedMay 1, 2016(2016-05-01) (aged 83)
Alma materHarvard University
AwardsClaude E. Shannon Award (1985)
IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal (2000)
National Medal of Science (2011)
Scientific career
FieldsMathematics, engineering
InstitutionsUniversity of Southern California
Doctoral advisorDavid Widder