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This Day in History

Today: April 24, 2014

April 30, 1904

Computer pioneer George Stibitz Is Born

George Stibitz is Born.


April 30, 1916

Information Theory Pioneer Claude Shannon Is Born

Claude Shannon is born in Gaylord, Michigan. Known as the inventor of information theory, Shannon is the first to use the word "bit." Shannon, a contemporary of John von Neumann, Howard Aiken, and Alan Turing, sets the stage for the recognition of the basic theory of information that could be processed by the machines the other pioneers developed. He investigates information distortion, redundancy and noise, and provides a means for information measurement. He identifies the bit as the fundamental unit of both data and computation.