PLESS, Vera. American, b. 1931. Genres: Mathematics/Statistics, Information science/Computers. Career: Mathematician and combinatorial analyst. United States Air Force, Lincoln, MA, mathematician, 1962-72; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, research associate, 1972-75; University of Illinois, Chicago, professor of mathematics, 1975-. Visiting professor, researcher, and scientist at The Technion in Haifa, the Argonne, and a number of US universities. Publications: An Introduction to The Theory of Error-Correcting Codes, 1982, rev ed, 1990; (ed.) Handbook on Coding, in press. Contributor of articles to journals. Address: University of Illinois Chicago, 851 South Morgan, 322 SEO, Chicago, IL 60607, U.S.A.