Richard HammingRichard Wesley Hamming (February 11, 1915 - January 7, 1998) was a mathematican whose work had many implications for computer science and telecommunications. His contributions to science include the Hamming code, the Hamming window and the Hamming distance.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois and died in Monterey, California. He recieved his bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago in 1937, a master's degree in 1939, and finally a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1942. He worked on the Manhattan project in 1945.