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Guide to the Thomas Cover Papers
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  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC1129
    Creator: Cover, Thomas, 1938-2012.
    Title: Thomas Cover papers
    Dates: circa 1964-2011
    Physical Description: 73.5 Linear feet and 128 megabytes
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Green Library
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information

    Information about Access

    The materials are open for research use. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

    Ownership & Copyright

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Cite As

    [identification of item], Thomas Cover Papers (SC1129). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Born in San Bernardino, California, on August 7, 1938, Thomas M. Cover received a B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1960, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in electrical engineering, from Stanford in 1961 and 1964, respectively.
    Cover joined the faculty at the Stanford School of Engineering in 1964, becoming a professor in 1972. He directed Stanford's Information Systems Laboratory from 1988 to 1996. In 1994, he was named the Kwoh-Ting Li Professor of Electrical Engineering and Statistics.
    In 1990, the Information Theory Society of the IEEE awarded him the Claude E. Shannon Award, the highest honor for lifetime achievement in information theory. In 1997, the IEEE awarded him the Richard W. Hamming medal for "fundamental work in information theory, statistics and pattern recognition."
    Cover was past president of the IEEE Information Theory Society. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and named as a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the IEEE. In 2003, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Access Terms

    Engineering--Study and teaching.
    Information theory.
    Stanford University--Faculty housing.
    Universities and colleges--Faculty.