ISSN 0032-9460, Problems of Information Transmission, 2008, Vol. 44, No. 2, pp. 169–170.
Pleiades Publishing, Inc., 2008.
Original Russian Text
the Editorial Board, 2008, published in Problemy Peredachi Informatsii, 2008, Vol. 44, No. 2, pp. 110–111.
Viktor Dmitrievich Kolesnik: In Memoriam
The Editorial Board of Problems of Information Transmission announces with deepest regret
the sudden demise of Professor Viktor Kolesnik, Dr. Eng., a member of the Editorial Board.
All of Kolesnik’s scientiﬁc and pedagogical activity was connected with Saint Petersburg State
University of Aerospace Instrumentation; after graduating from the university, he became a grad-
uate student and then an assistant professor, an associate professor, and a full professor.
His lectures and seminars attracted students by the clarity of presentation, deep analysis of
theoretical results, clear understanding of applied problems, and his ability to ﬁnd nontrivial ways
to solve them. No wonder that those whom he taught afterwards became top engineers and his
own students acquired scientiﬁc honors and degrees.
His own scientiﬁc interests were connected with information theory, coding theory, statistics, and
algebra. Though he paid tribute to theoretical research, he was always chieﬂy interested in applied
problems. This combination of profound theoretical results and particular applied developments
made him one of the leaders of the Russian school of information theory and error-resistant coding.
He wrote more than a hundred scientiﬁc works. He is one of the authors of the ﬁrst book on error-
resistant codes in the Soviet Union (Dekodorovanie tsiklicheskikh kodov [Decoding of Cyclic Codes],
Moscow: Svyaz’, 1968) and an excellent textbook on information theory (Kurs teorii informatsii
[A Course in Information Theory], Moscow: Nauka, 1982). He had just written a new book,
Kodirovanie pri peredache i khranenii informatsii (Coding in Information Transmission and Stor-
age), which is now in print.
Kolesnik’s scientiﬁc activity began with construction of codes having simple decoding algorithms.
He greatly contributed to investigation of majority decodable cyclic codes, which appeared to be
the ﬁrst multiple-error-correcting codes that became widely used in communication systems.