Golomb, Solomon W. (1932–)
Mathematician and electrical engineer at the University of Southern California
who is best known for his seminal studies of polyominos.
His article "Checker Boards and Polyominos," published in the American
Mathematical Monthly in 1954 when Golomb was a 22-year-old graduate
student at Harvard, defined a polyomino as a simply-connected set of squares
(that is, a set of squares joined along their edges.) Golomb also originated
the idea of graceful graphs.
- Golomb, Solomon W. Polyominoes: Puzzles, Patterns, Problems,
and Packings. New York: Charles Scribner's, 1965. (2nd ed. Princeton,
NJ: Princeton University Press, 1995.)