We would like to thank professors Robert Fano, Bob Gallagher, Chris Kaiser, Charles Vest andHartley Rogers for their academic and personal insight into Claude Shannon’s work and the fields of switching theory, genetics and information theory. Shannon’s advisees Trenchard More, WilliamSutherland and Henry Ernst provided us with a unique perspective on working with Dr. Shannon.Betty Shannon graciously discussed her husband’s personality and work. MIT staff Be Blackburnand Laura Mersky helped facilitate our research. The staff of the MIT Archives and Library of Congress were instrumental in locating important documents and correspondences betweenShannon and his colleagues. Professor David Mindell and Teaching Assistant Chen-Pang Yeang went beyond their roles as instructors and provided us with insight into their own research on thistopic.Finally, we would also like to thank Peter Elias, who before passing away on Dec. 7, 2001 allowed usto search through his extensive archive of books and documents related to Claude Shannon and hisfields. This paper is dedicated to his memory and the memory of Claude Shannon, who passed away on February 24, 2001.