Jack van Lint Receives the 1996 Euler Medal

Jack van Lint, professor, Eindhoven University of Technology, has been named recipient of the 1996 Euler Medal of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications (ICA). The prestigious medal was awarded for his outstanding research contributions to the field of combinatorics through a lifetime of sustained and distinguished research.

Dr. van Lint was born in Bandoeng, Java in the former Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia) on September 1, 1932. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Utrecht (1955, 1957). He has been a professor of mathematics at the Eindhoven University of Technology since 1959. During his career, Van Lint was a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories (Murray Hill) in 1966, 1971, and 1977. He has also held the positions of Morgan Ward visiting professor (1970-1971), Fairchild Distinguished Scholar (1982-1983), and visiting professor (1988-1989) at the California Institute of Technology.

Dr. van Lint's books, with Peter Cameron, on Graph Theory, Coding Theory, and Block Designs have had enormous influence on workers at all levels of the subject, from the introductory to the most advanced.

Jack Keil Wolf Receives the 1998 IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award

Jack Keil Wolf, professor, University of California, San Diego, has been awarded the 1998 IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award with the following citation: "For fundamental contributions to multi-user communications and applications of coding theory to magnetic data storage devices." The award will be presented at the International Symposium on Information Theory at MIT in August.

Jack Keil Wolf was born in Newark, New Jersey before almost anyone reading this piece existed. His strange middle name was his mother's family name. After surviving high school in Newark (an experience which put him in good staid for later life) he did his undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and received his graduate degrees from Princeton University. His first full time job was as a Lieutenant in the US Air Force where he learned how to read (and write) proposals. His entree into university teaching was as a part time instructor at Syracuse University which offered graduate courses at the air base where he was stationed.

Jack has held a full time faculty position since leaving the Air Force, first at NYU, then at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, then at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and finally at the University of California-San Diego. At UCSD he holds a chair named for Stephen O Rice who after his retirement from Bell Laboratories came to UCSD and continued to do research almost until his death. Jack was the first faculty to be hired at UCSD's Center for Magnetic Recording Research, and is also a part time employee of Qualcomm, Inc., a San Diego company that specializes in wireless communications.

At one point in his life Jack attempted to masquerade as a university administrator (as Chair of the ECE department at U-Mass) but was soon discovered and unmasked.

Jack's research interests are in Information Theory, Coding Theory, Data Communications and Signal Processing for Recording. He enjoys playing tennis and swimming, but his favorite activity is being with his grandchildren.