Claude E. Shannon (April 30, 1916 – February 24, 2001) was a University of Michigan alumnus, receiving bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics in 1936.
His legendary 1948 paper, "The Mathematical Theory of Communication"
unveiled the vast potential for digital communications and inspired virtually
all of the work in digital communications that followed. He is also famous
for his work on cryptography, the sampling theorem, and the discovery of
the relevance of Boolean algebra to logic circuit design. He is considered
to be one of the people most responsible for ushering in the digital age.
Six
statues of Claude Shannon by the sculptor Eugene Daub have been dedicated at various
sites throughout the United States. All but one location is tied to his life in some way. Gaylord, MI was the Shannon's hometown. He attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate student and pursued his graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and he worked at Bell Labs.
Following is information and/or photos about each location:
 Gaylord, Michigan (10/6/2000)
 Lucent Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ
 ATT Shannon Labs, Florham Park, NJ
 MIT, Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, Cambridge, MA
 UCSD, San Diego, CA (10/16/2001)
 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, outside the EECS Building (11/9/2001)
Read about the commissioning of the original Claude E. Shannon statue by the IEEE Information Theory Society (ITS), and learn what is unique about each of the subsequent statues.

Shannon
Statue in Gaylord, MI
Dedication Ceremony: Friday, October 6, 2000 

Mrs. Shannon with the statue. (photograph courtesy of J. O'Sullivan) 
Inscription:
Claude Elwood Shannon
Father of Information Theory
Electrical engineer, mathematician, and native
son of Gaylord. His creation of information theory,
the mathematical theory of communication,
in the 1940s and 1950s inspired the revolutionary
advances in digital communications and
information storage that have
shaped the modern world.
This statue was donated by the
Information Theory Society of the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers,
whose members follow gratefully in his footsteps.
Dedicated October 6, 2000
Eugene Daub, Sculptor

On October 6, before an enthusiastic crowd of IT Society members and
local residents, a bronze statue of Claude Shannon was dedicated by ITS
President Vijay Bhargava in Gaylord, Michigan  Shannon's home town. Unveiled
by Mrs. Betty Shannon and sculptor Eugene Daub, the statue is located in
Shannon Park in the center of downtown Gaylord. Shannon Park is the former
site of the Shannon Building, built and owned by Claude Shannon's father.
The statue, commissioned by the IEEE Information Theory Society, includes
the AWGN capacity formula on a sheet of "paper" in Claude's left hand.
Immediately, following the unveiling, the engineers, spouses and local
residents moved to the nearby Otsego Club to escape the prematurely wintery
weather and to attend a reception and panel discussion. The panel of distinguished
information theorists, Tony Ephremides (moderator), Dick Blahut, Bob Gray,
Bob McEliece, Gottfried Ungerboeck and Jack Wolf, made brief and personal
remarks about the impact of Shannon's work on themselves and on society
at large. A copy of Shannon's collected works, signed by the information
theorists attending, was given to the Gaylord Historical Society.
Coverage of the dedication in the Gaylord Herald Times, Oct. 7.
Shannon Statue at ATT
Shannon Statue at MIT
Shannon Statue at UCSan Diego
L: Dean Robert Conn, Eugene Daub, Dr. Irwin Jacobs, Vice Chancellor Marsha Chandler, Jack Wolf 
A summary of the Shannon Symposium and Statue Dedication at the Center for Magnetic Recording Research at UCSD was included in the CMRR Report, Winter 2002.
Shannon Statue
at the University of Michigan
Friday, November 9, 2001
At noon on a beautiful day in early November, approximately two hundred
members of the University of Michigan community attended the dedication
of the statue of Claude E. Shannon.
The statue is located at the west entrance to
the EECS Building on the North Campus of the University of Michigan in
Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Professor and Interim EECS Dept. Chair Richard Brown presided at
the dedication and brief remarks were made by Dean
Stephen W. Director, Professor David L. Neuhoff, and Dr. Robert W. Lucky, Corporate Vice President of
Telcordia Technologies.
Dr. Lucky had delivered the inaugural William Gould Dow Distinguished Lecture the day before. His lecture was titled, "Disruptive Technologies Amidst the Storm in Telecommunications."
The unveiling  by Professor David Neuhoff and Dean Stephen Director.

Inscription:
Claude Elwood Shannon
Father of Information Theory
B.S.E. Electrical Engineering '36
B.S.E. Mathematics '36
His creation of the mathematical theory
of communication in the midtwentieth century
inspired the revolutionary advances in digital
communications and information storage
that have shaped the modern world
Dedicated November 9, 2001
Eugene Daub, Sculptor

Graduate student Kevin Holt displays Shannon's famous theorem  the capacity formula for
the white Gaussian noise channel. The theorem is inscribed on the sheet of paper in Shannon's left hand. (C is the number of bits per second that
can be reliably transmitted with bandwidth W and power P when combatting
noise power N.)

Professor Neuhoff, Dean Stephen Director, Dr. Robert Lucky 
About the Shannon Statue
Claude Shannon was a living legend to Prof. Dave Neuhoff, who specializes in information theory and communications. Prof. Neuhoff occasionally drove through the small Michigan town of Shannon's youth, Gaylord  and in the late 1990's, when Shannon was in his 80's, he approached the town with the idea of a plaque to commemorate the "Father of Information Theory.".
The IEEE Information Theory Society enthusiastically approved funding for the project, which evolved from a plaque to a statue. A committee was formed to decide how to proceed, chaired by Prof. Neuhoff and including Professors Daniel J. Costello and Thomas Fuja (BSE EE and Comp Eng, UM) of Notre Dame University, and Prof. Steven W. McLaughlin (PhD EE:Systems, UM) of Georgia Tech.
The committee selected five locations for statues  each having significance in the life and career of Claude Shannon. The sixth location was added at the request of Prof. Jack Wolf, a wellknown information theorist who attended the Gaylord dedication.
The original Claude E. Shannon sculpture was created by Eugene
Daub and commissioned by the Information
Theory Society.
The subsequent statues are identical except for the slip of paper held in Shannon's left hand. At Michigan, the paper includes Shannon's famous theorem included in his landmark paper of 1948.
Eugene Daub putting finishing touches on the clay. 
