Distinguished University Professor Solomon W. Golomb of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering has been selected as a member of the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) (hot link to http://www.ams.org/profession/ams-fellows/ams-fellows).
The AMS Fellows program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. The first group of Fellows of the AMS will be officially inducted at the next Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego in January 2013.
Sol Golomb received his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1957 from Harvard. While completing his Ph.D., he spent a year in Norway as a Fulbright Fellow. He then worked as a Senior Research Mathematician at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, later becoming Research Group Supervisor and then Assistant Chief of the Telecommunications Research Section, where he played a key role in formulating the design of deep-space communications for the subsequent lunar and planetary explorations. He joined USC as a Professor in 1963, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of both the IEEE and AAAS. He received the USC Presidential Medallion in 1985, was awarded the title of University Professor in 1993, and won the Shannon Award of the Information Theory Society of the IEEE in 1985 and the Hamming Medal of the IEEE in 2000. He became a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences in 1994. He has received numerous awards and medals, as well as two honorary docto
rate degrees. He was appointed the first holder of the Viterbi Chair in Communications in 1999. He holds a joint appointment in the department of Mathematics. His research interests include signal design for communications and radar, coding theory and cryptography, combinatorial analysis, number theory, and mathematical game theory.
Alexander Sandy Sawchuk, Systems Chair of the Ming Hsieh Department of
Electrical Engineering, said: "our Department and faculty congratulate Sol Golomb on his recognition as an inaugural American Mathematical Society Fellow and its recognition of his many achievements in pure and applied mathematics."