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Berlekamp in June 2005

Elwyn Ralph Berlekamp (September 6, 1940 – April 9, 2019) was an American mathematician. He was known for his work in computer science, coding theory and combinatorial game theory. He was a professor emeritus of mathematics and EECS at the University of California, Berkeley. He was the inventor of an algorithm to factor polynomials. He was one of the inventors of the Berlekamp–Welch and the Berlekamp–Massey algorithms. These are used for Reed–Solomon error correction.

Berlekamp was born in Dover, Ohio. His family later moved to northern Kentucky. He was married to Jennifer. The couple had three children.

Berlekamp died on April 9, 2019 in Piedmont, California of pulmonary fibrosis-related problems, at the age of 78.[1]

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  1. "Elwyn Berlekamp". Ludicum. 12 April 2019. http://ludicum.org/elwyn-berlekamp. Retrieved 14 April 2019. 

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