# Golomb, Solomon W. (1932–2016)

Solomon Golomb was a 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.

## Reference

1. Golomb, Solomon W. *Polyominoes: Puzzles, Patterns, Problems,
and Packings*. New York: Charles Scribner's, 1965. (2nd ed. Princeton,
NJ: Princeton University Press, 1995.)