Simon, Herbert A. (Herbert Alexander), 1916-2001

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From the description of Reminiscences of Herbert Alexander Simon : oral history, 1979. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309739214

Born in 1916 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Simon was educated at the University of Chicago. Since 1949, he has been on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University, where he is University Professor of Computer Science and Psychology.

In 1978, he received the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, and in 1986 the National Medal of Science. Dr. Simon's research is centrally concerned with cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence, and the use of computers to stimulate human thinking and problem solving processes and the implications of these processes for social institutions. His work in artificial intelligence has helped build the foundations for the modern development of so-called "expert systems," widely used in industry, science and medicine. In the past 25 years, he has made extensive use of the computer as a tool for both stimulating human thinking and augmenting it with artificial intelligence. At present most of his research effort is directed to four areas: (1) programs that discover scientific laws, (2) modeling expert and novice skills, (3) learning programs, and (4) diagrammatic representation and imagery. The Chinese Academy of Sciences recently elected Dr. Simon as a Foreign Member of the academy.

He is also currently the Principal Investigator for two grants from the National Science Foundation and from the Office of Naval Research. Dr. Simon is also very dedicated to campus growth and well-being. Among the committees at Carnegie Mellon he gives counsel to, are: The Board of Trustees, Carnegie Mellon's Executive and Budget Committees, the Committee on Undergraduate Education and the Philosophy and Physics Advisory Committees.

From the description of The Herbert A. Simon collection, 1940-, 1950-1990. (Carnegie Mellon University). WorldCat record id: 38110566

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referencedIn Norman Wait Harris Lecture Series, 1906-2007 Northwestern University Archives
referencedIn Harris, Norman Wait, 1846-1916. Norman Wait Harris Memorial Foundation lectures records, 1906-1972. Northwestern University
creatorOf Kohs, Ellis B., 1916-2000. Ellis B. Kohs papers, 1916-2000 (bulk 1940-1985) New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Stanford Humanities Center. Stanford Humanities Center, Harry Camp Memorial Lectures, 1982-2006. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Simon, Herbert A. (Herbert Alexander), 1916-2001. Reminiscences of Herbert Alexander Simon : oral history, 1979. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Ellis B. Kohs papers, 1916-2000, 1940-1985 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
referencedIn Portraits of University of California individuals and groups, ca. 1850-[ongoing] The Bancroft Library. University Archives.
referencedIn Newell, Allen. Oral history interview with Allen Newell, 1991 June 10-12. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Newell, Allen. The Allen Newell Collection, 1940-1992. Carnegie Mellon University, Hunt Library
referencedIn Frederick Mosteller Papers, 1934-2005 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Simon, Herbert A. (Herbert Alexander), 1916-2001. The Herbert A. Simon collection, 1940-, 1950-1990. Carnegie Mellon University, Hunt Library
referencedIn Jugoslavenska akademija znanosti i umjetnosti. Membership certificate, 1979, awarded to Herbert A. Simon. Carnegie Mellon University, Hunt Library
referencedIn Michael S. Mahoney papers., 1923-2008 University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute. [cbi]
referencedIn Barnard, Chester Irving, 1886-1961. Papers, 1925-1960 (inclusive). Harvard Business School, Knowledge and Library Services/Baker Library
referencedIn Harry Camp Memorial Lectures 1982-1983. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford Humanities Center, Harry Camp Memorial Lectures, 1982-1983 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University Press archival book copies, 1900-2012 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn McCorduck, Pamela, 1940-. The Pamela McCorduck collection, 1972-1979. Carnegie Mellon University, Hunt Library
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associatedWith Barnard, Chester Irving, 1886-1961. person
associatedWith Carnegie-Mellon University. Computer Science Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith Carnegie-Mellon University. Dept. of Psychology. corporateBody
associatedWith Harris, Norman Wait, 1846-1916. person
associatedWith Jugoslavenska akademija znanosti i umjetnosti. corporateBody
associatedWith Kohs, Ellis B., 1916-2000. person
associatedWith Krause, Corinne, person
associatedWith Mahoney, Michael S. (Michael Sean) person
associatedWith McCorduck, Pamela, 1940- person
associatedWith Mosteller, Frederick, 1916-2006 person
associatedWith Newell, Allen. person
associatedWith Stanford Humanities Center. corporateBody
associatedWith Stanford University. Press. corporateBody
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Birth 1916-06-15

Death 2001-02-09

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