Marvin Lee Minsky (born August 9, 1927) is an American cognitive scientist in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), co-founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's AI laboratory, and author of several texts on AI and philosophy.
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BA Harvard University, 1950
PhD Princeton University, 1954
Appointments & Honors
Lincoln Laboratory, MIT, 1957-8
MIT, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, 1958-61, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, 1961-4
Professor and Co- Founder, MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, 1961
Founder, LOGO Computer Systems, Inc.
Director, MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, 1964-74
Turing Award, Association for Computing Machinery, 1970
Donner Professor of Science, MIT, 1974-89
Doubleday Lecturer, Smithsonian Institute, 1978
Messenger Lecturer, Cornell University, 1979
President, American Association for Artificial Intelligence, 1981-2
Hon. Dr, Free University of Brussels, 1986, Pine Manor College, 1987
Killian Award, MIT, 1989
Japan Prize Laureate, Government of Japan, 1990
IJCAI Research Excellence Award, 1991
Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT, 1990-
1956 Some universal elements for finite state automata. In C. E. Shannon and J. Mc Carthy (eds), Automata Studies: Annals of Mathematics Studies, no. 34. Princeton University Press.
1959 Some methods of heuristic programming and artificial intelligence. In D. V. Blake and A. M. Uttley (eds), Proceedings on Symposium on Mechani~ation of Thought Processes. HMSO.
1961 Learning in random nets. In C. Cherry (ed), Proceedings of Fourth London Symposium on Information Theory. Butterworth (with 0. Selfridge).