28 Oct '11, 1pm

John McCarthy, 1927–2011

This past Sunday saw the death of John McCarthy , one of the pioneers of computer science and a founder of the field of artificial intelligence, a phrase he is credited with inventing. It capped a stunningly sad month that also saw the passing of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs and Dennis Ritchie , the coinventor of Unix and the C programming language. John McCarthy’s life bounced back and forth between the twin epicenters of computing. He was born in Boston in 1927 but grew up near Caltech, from which he got his B.S. in mathematics. He detoured to Princeton for his Ph.D. but ended up at MIT, where he cofounded its AI lab, the world’s first, before going to Stanford in 1962 to found its AI lab . In between, he found time to invent LISP , one of the most influential programming languages ever created. McCarthy received computer science’s highest honor, the Turing Award , in 1972...

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