Jacob Ziv (Hebrew: יעקב זיו ; 27 November 1931 - 25 March 2023) was an Israeli electrical engineer who, along with Abraham Lempel, developed the LZ family of lossless data compression algorithms.
Ziv was born in Tiberias, British mandate Palestine, on 27 November 1931. He received the B.Sc., Dip. Eng., and M.Sc. degrees, all in electrical engineering, from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in 1954, and 1957, respectively, and the D.Sc. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962.
Ziv joined the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in 1970 and is Herman Gross Professor of Electrical Engineering and a Technion Distinguished Professor. His research interests include data compression, information theory, and statistical communication theory.
Ziv was Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering from 1974 to 1976 and Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1978 to 1982. Since 1987 Ziv has spent three sabbatical leaves at the Information Research Department of Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA.