To the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee:
We are writing to propose a stamp to honor the centenary of
Claude Elwood Shannon, father of the information age.
Information systems like smart phones, MP3 players, and the World Wide Web are changing our lives. They store our memories, connect our communities, and carry our entertainment. They facilitate healthcare delivery and provide the backbone upon which our financial, industrial, and governmental institutions are built.
Much as Newton discovered the laws of gravity and motion, Shannon discovered the laws of information.
By uncovering the simple laws at the heart of such overwhelmingly complex problems as communication, computing, memory, and cryptography, Shannon unlocked the door that led us to the information age. His playful spirit and use of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to solve real-world problems that changed the world will be an inspiration to young and old alike.
Shannon is, perhaps, the greatest symbol of American innovation. We hereby petition the USPS to create a stamp in his honor.