Tom Cover, one of the greatest information theorists and a wonderfully inspiring teacher and mentor, died in Palo Alto on March 26, 2012. During his 48 year career as a professor of Electrical Engineering and Statistics at Stanford University, he graduated 63 PhD students, authored over 120 journal papers in learning, information theory, statistical complexity, and portfolio theory; and he coauthored Elements of Information Theory, the most widely-cited book in the field. In recognition of his seminal contributions, Tom Cover received many awards and honors, including the IEEE Information Theory Society Claude E. Shannon Award, the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal, and the Outstanding Paper Award in information theory. He was a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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A memorial service was held on October 12, 2012.
A special session at the ISIT conference was held in July 2012 to pay tribute to Tom and his legacy.
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