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Claude E. Shannon: Communications as a Statistical Process, 1955


Shannon penned a paper entitled "Communication Theory of Secrecy Systems" in which he related cryptography, the science of secret writing and codes, to communication in a noisy communication channel. He identified the "noise" as the scrambling done by the key of the cryptographic system. The quality of his theory impressed the United States Government, and Shannon was appointed as a government consultant on cryptographic matters.

You can view the invitation to Medal Day sent to Shannon and the other scientists whose work impressed The Franklin Institute, as well as an outline of Medal Day proceedings, by clicking on the thumbnails at right.