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engineer , mathematician

Alexander Vardy, Russian engineer, mathematician. Recipient Career award National Science Foundation, 1995, Research Initiation award, 1994; grantee National Science Foundation, 1994-1995; Packard fellow for science and engineering, 1996. Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; member American Mathematics Society.


Vardy, Alexander was born on November 12, 1963 in Moscow. Son of Aharon Nudelman and Tanya Vardy. came to the United States, 1992.


He graduated from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in 1985, and completed his Ph.D. in 1991 at Tel Aviv University.


He holds the Jack Keil Wolf Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. The Parvaresh–Vardy codes are named after him. During his graduate studies, he also worked on electronic countermeasures for the Israeli Air Force.

He served as editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory from 1998 to 2001. In 2004 a paper by Ralf Koetter and Vardy on decoding Reed–Solomon codes was listed by the IEEE Information Theory Society as the best paper in information theory of the previous two years. The resulting decoding algorithm has become known as the Koetter–Vardy algorithm.

Vardy was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 1999. He became the Jack Wolf Professor in 2013.


  • Other Work

    • Associate editor Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Transactions on Information Theory, 1995-1998, editor-in-chief, since 1998. Patentee in field. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (senior, guest editor-in-chief Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Transactions and Information Theory), American Mathematics Society.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: mountaineering, scuba diving.


Married Hagit Miriam Itzkowitz, March 10, 1988.

Aharon Nudelman

Tanya Vardy

Hagit Miriam Itzkowitz