McCarthy, John, 1927-2011

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Head of Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory from the early 1960s until 1980.

From the description of Oral history interview with John McCarthy, 1989 Mar. 2. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63307054

John McCarthy, after earning his Ph.D. in mathematics at Princeton in 1951, taught at Stanford, Dartmouth, and MIT. In 1962 he returned to Stanford as professor of computer science. From 1965 to 1980 he was organizer and director of Stanford's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. In 1987 he was named the first Charles M. Pigott professor in the School of Engineering. McCarthy invented the computer-programming language LISP in 1958 and the concept of time-sharing on large computers in the late 50s and early 60s. In 1990 he received the National Medal of Science for helping to create the science of artificial intelligence.

From the description of John McCarthy papers, 1951-1988. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 694341822

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John McCarthy, after earning his Ph.D. in mathematics at Princeton in 1951, taught at Stanford, Dartmouth, and MIT. In 1962 he returned to Stanford as professor of computer science. From 1965 to 1980 he was organizer and director of Stanford's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. In 1987 he was named the first Charles M. Pigott professor in the School of Engineering. McCarthy invented the computer-programming language LISP in 1958 and the concept of time-sharing on large computers in the late 50s and early 60s. In 1990 he received the National Medal of Science for helping to create the science of artificial intelligence.

From the guide to the John McCarthy papers, 1951-2008, (Department of Special Collections and University Archives)

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referencedIn Michael S. Mahoney papers., 1923-2008 University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute. [cbi]
referencedIn The living legends: a discussion about the establishment of the Computer Science Department at Stanford University [videorecording], 1997 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Shannon, Claude Elwood, 1916-2001. Claude Elwood Shannon papers, 1932-1995 (bulk 1938-1989). Library of Congress
referencedIn Claude Elwood Shannon Papers, 1932-1995, (bulk 1938-1989) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf John McCarthy papers, 1951-2008 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf McCarthy, John, 1927-2011. John McCarthy papers, 1951-1988. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University, Department of Computer Science, films, 1968-1977 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf McCarthy, John, 1927-2011,. Oral history interview with John McCarthy, 1989 Mar. 2. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Corbató, F. J.,. Oral history interview with F.J. Corbato, 1989 Apr. 18 and 1990 Nov. 14. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Guide to the Herbert Stoyan collection on LISP programming, 1955-2001, 1957-1990 Computer History Museum
referencedIn McCorduck, Pamela, 1940-. The Pamela McCorduck collection, 1972-1979. Carnegie Mellon University, Hunt Library
referencedIn Minsky, Marvin Lee, 1927-. Oral history interview with Marvin Lee Minsky, 1989 Nov. 1. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Dennis, Jack B. (Jack Bonnell). Oral history interview with Jack B. Dennis, 1989 Oct. 31. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Kacsman, Andy. The living legends: a discussion about the establishment of the Computer Science Department at Stanford University : videorecording, 1997. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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associatedWith Aspray, William, person
associatedWith Baskett, Forest. person
associatedWith Baskett, Forest. person
associatedWith Corbató, F. J., person
associatedWith Dennis, Jack B. (Jack Bonnell) person
associatedWith Formal Reasoning Group (Organization : U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Knuth, Donald Ervin, 1938- person
associatedWith Lang, Serge, 1927-2005. person
associatedWith Lederberg, Joshua. person
associatedWith Lenat, Douglas B. person
associatedWith Mahoney, Michael S. (Michael Sean) person
associatedWith Manna, Zohar. person
associatedWith McCorduck, Pamela, 1940- person
associatedWith Michie, Donald. person
associatedWith Minsky, Marvin Lee, 1927- person
associatedWith Moravec, Hans P. person
associatedWith Sato, Masahiko, 1947- person
correspondedWith Shannon, Claude Elwood, 1916-2001. person
associatedWith Sloman, Aaron. person
associatedWith Stanford University. Computer Science Dept. corporateBody
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associatedWith Stoyan, Herbert person
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associatedWith United States. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Information Processing Techniques Office. corporateBody
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Artificial intelligence
Computer science--Research
LISP (Computer program language)
Federal aid to research
Artificial intelligence--Military applications--Research
Computer programming
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Birth 1927-09-04

Death 2011-10-24

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