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Maurice Karnaugh

Maurice Karnaugh (/ˈkɑːrnɔː/; born 4 October 1924) is an American physicist, mathematician and inventor known for the Karnaugh map used in Boolean algebra.

Career

Karnaugh studied mathematics and physics at City College of New York (1944 to 1948) and transferred to Yale University to complete his B.Sc. (1949), M.Sc. (1950) and Ph.D. in physics with a thesis on The Theory of Magnetic Resonance and Lambda-Type Doubling in Nitric-Oxide (1952).

Karnaugh worked at Bell Labs (1952 to 1966), developing the Karnaugh map (1954) as well as patents for PCM encoding[1] and magnetic logic circuits and coding.[2][3][4][5] He later worked at IBM's Federal Systems Division in Gaithersburg (1966 to 1970) and at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (1970 to 1989), studying multistage interconnection networks.[6]

Karnaugh was elected an IEEE Fellow in 1976, and held an adjunct position at Polytechnic University of New York (now New York University Tandon School of Engineering) at the Westchester campus from 1980 to 1999.

He has been married to the former Linn Blank Weil since 1970. He has two grown sons, Robert and Paul, from his first marriage.

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