Jessie MacWilliams

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Jessie MacWilliams (1917-27 May 1990) was a mathematician who contributed to the field of coding theory. She was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England and studied at the University of Cambridge, receiving her BA in 1938 and her MA in the following year. She moved to the United States and studied at Johns Hopkins University and Harvard. She spent most of her career at Bell Labs, where she worked on error-correcting codes and co-wrote The Theory of Error-Correcting Code with Neil Sloane.