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Neil Sloane

Neil Sloane
Neil Sloane in 1997
Born (1939-10-10) October 10, 1939
Beaumaris, Wales[1]
Residence New Jersey
Institutions Cornell University
AT&T Bell Laboratories
AT&T Labs
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Cornell University
Doctoral advisor Frederick Jelinek, Wolfgang Fuchs
Known for Sphere Packing, Lattices and Groups (with J. H. Conway), The Theory of Error-Correcting Codes (with F. J. MacWilliams), and the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences
Notable awards Chauvenet Prize (1979)
Claude E. Shannon Award (1998)
IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal (2005)

Neil James Alexander Sloane (born October 10, 1939) is a British-U.S. mathematician.[2] His major contributions are in the fields of combinatorics, error-correcting codes, and sphere packing. Sloane is best known for being the creator and maintainer of the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences.[3]


Sloane was born in Wales and brought up in Australia.[4]

He studied at Cornell University, New York state, under Nick DeClaris, Frank Rosenblatt, Frederick Jelinek and Wolfgang Heinrich Johannes Fuchs, receiving his Ph.D. in 1967.[5] His doctoral dissertation was titled Lengths of Cycle Times in Random Neural Networks. Sloane joined AT&T Bell Labs in 1968 and retired from AT&T Labs in 2012. He became an AT&T Fellow in 1998. He is also a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, an IEEE Fellow, a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society,[6] and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

He is a winner of a Lester R. Ford Award in 1978[7] and the Chauvenet Prize in 1979. In 2005 Sloane received the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal.[8] In 2008 he received the Mathematical Association of America David P. Robbins award.

Besides mathematics, he loves rock climbing and has authored two rock-climbing guides to New Jersey.[9]

Selected publications

  • N. J. A. Sloane, A Handbook of Integer Sequences, Academic Press, NY, 1973.
  • F. J. MacWilliams and N. J. A. Sloane, The Theory of Error-Correcting Codes, Elsevier/North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1977.[10]
  • M. Harwit and N. J. A. Sloane, Hadamard Transform Optics, Academic Press, San Diego CA, 1979.
  • N. J. A. Sloane and A. D. Wyner, editors, Claude Elwood Shannon: Collected Papers, IEEE Press, NY, 1993.
  • N. J. A. Sloane and S. Plouffe, The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, Academic Press, San Diego, 1995.
  • J. H. Conway and N. J. A. Sloane, Sphere Packings, Lattices and Groups, Springer-Verlag, NY, 1st edn., 1988;[11] 2nd edn., 1993;[12] 3rd ed., 1998.
  • A. S. Hedayat, N. J. A. Sloane and J. Stufken, Orthogonal Arrays: Theory and Applications, Springer-Verlag, NY, 1999.
  • G. Nebe, E. M. Rains and N. J. A. Sloane, Self-Dual Codes and Invariant Theory, Springer-Verlag, 2006.

See also


  1. ^  
  2. ^ Sloane's home page "Neil J. A. Sloane: Home Page". Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ Contains information on over two hundred thousand  
  4. ^ The Guardian, Neil Sloane: the man who loved only integer sequences, October 7, 2014.
  5. ^ Neil Sloane at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  6. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-07-20.
  7. ^ Sloane, Neil J. A. (1977). "Error correcting codes and invariant theory: new applications of a 19th century technique". Amer. Math. Monthly 84: 82–107.  
  8. ^ "IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal Recipients" (PDF).  
  9. ^ Sloane's webpage for the book "Rock Climbing New Jersey". Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  10. ^  
  11. ^  
  12. ^  

External links

  • Neil Sloane at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  • IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal Recipients, 2005 – Neil J. A. Sloane
  • Neil Sloane's entry in the Numericana Hall of Fame
  • "The pattern collector", Science News
  • Doron Zeilberger, Opinion 124: A Database is Worth a Thousand Mathematical Articles
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