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Google marks 100th b’day of Claude Shannon, father of information theory

Shannon was an American mathematician, electrical engineer and cryptographer.

tech Updated: Apr 30, 2016 10:54 IST
Google doodle

Google marked the 100th birthday of Claude Shannon, father of information theory, with a doodle on April 30, 2016. (Picture courtesy: Google.com)

Google is marking the 100th birthday of Claude Shannon, father of information theory, with a doodle dedicated to him.

Shannon was an American mathematician, electrical engineer and cryptographer.

As a cryptographer for the US government in World War II, he developed the first unbreakable cipher. He juggled between tinkering with electronic switches to developing an electromechanic mouse called “Theseus” which could teach itself to navigate a maze, much like the modern-day artificial intelligence.

In the doodle that is created by artist Nate Swinehart, Shannon is seen juggling in the middle of the words “Google”.

Shannon is also known to have worked with Albert Einstein and Alan Turing.