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Eccentric UM professor a founding father of the digital age

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Claude Shannon

Claude Shannon was a mid-20th century professor at the University of Michigan and MIT, and was one of the fathers of today’s digital age. Current State's Peter Whorf brings us the story from a recent Michigan History Magazine profile.

Claude Shannon used to ride a unicycle while juggling, but he was no novelty act. Shannon was a world class engineer and mathematician whose work on digital circuits, essential to the design of modern computers, changed the world.

2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Michigan History Magazine contributor Ray Cavanaugh recently profiled the Michigan native. Current State's Peter Whorf talks with Cavanaugh about Shannon's life.

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