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Personal Profile of Dr. Elwyn Berlekamp


Elwyn Berlekamp has been Professor of Mathematics and of Electrical Engineering/Computer Science at UC Berkeley since 1971, half-time since 1983, and emeritus since 2002. He has also been active in several small companies in the sectors of computers-communications and finance. He was chairman of the Board of Trustees of MSRI from 1994–1998, and of the International Computer Science Institute from 2001–2003. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Other past service includes terms as president of the IEEE Information Theory Society, chairman of the Science Advisory Board for the Institute of Defense Analysis, the governing board of the American Mathematical Society, the Science Advisory Board for Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories, MIT Corporation Visiting Committees, and a trustee of two independent high schools.

Berlekamp has 12 patented inventions (now all public domain), mostly dealing with algorithms and devices for error-correction and synchronization. Some of his algorithms for decoding Reed-Solomon codes are widely used on compact discs; others are NASA standards for deep space communications. He has more than 100 publications, including two books on algebraic coding theory and six books on the mathematical theory of combinatorial games. He co-chaired the organizing committees of MSRI workshops in 1994 and 2000 whose published proceedings are entitled Games of No Chance and More Games of No Chance. Since 1999, he has co-written the "Puzzles Column" in the Emissary newsletter. His Problem 5 in the Fall 2012 issue sheds light on the cause of political gridlock.

Also see http://math.berkeley.edu/~berlek/

Current/Future Committee Membership
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Past Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Chair (4/1/94 - 10/30/97) Apr 01, 1994 Apr 01, 1998
Board of Trustees Mar 06, 2004 Mar 01, 2008
Board of Trustees Mar 02, 2008 Mar 01, 2012
Board of Trustees Mar 01, 2012 Apr 09, 2019
Capital Campaign Committee Jun 05, 2001 Jul 31, 2005
Committee on Trustees May 16, 2006 Mar 01, 2007
Committee on Trustees Aug 05, 2010 Mar 01, 2011
Committee on Trustees Aug 21, 2012 Feb 28, 2013
Committee on Trustees Mar 07, 2015 Mar 31, 2018
Corporate Partners Committee Feb 28, 2008 Mar 01, 2012
Corporate Partners Committee Mar 01, 2012 Feb 29, 2016
Development Committee Mar 06, 2004 Mar 01, 2012
Development Committee Mar 01, 2012 Feb 29, 2016
Finance Committee Apr 01, 1994 Oct 30, 1997
Steering Committee Apr 01, 1994 Oct 30, 1997
  1. Workshop Information Theory

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    Feb 28, 2002
    09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
      Covers, codes, flows, and team strategies for guessing hat colors
    Elwyn Berlekamp (Elwyn & Jennifer Berlekamp Foundation)
  2. Workshop Combinatorial Game Theory Research Workshop

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    Jul 24, 2000
    09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
      Environmental Go
    Elwyn Berlekamp (Elwyn & Jennifer Berlekamp Foundation)