John McCarthy was born in Boston Massachusetts in 1927. He received his Ph.D. in
Mathematics from Princeton University in 1951.
Professor McCarthy spent most of his academic career at Stanford University with
short stints at Princeton, Dartmouth, and MIT. Professor McCarthy is said to have
coined the term "artificial intelligence" (AI), developed the Lisp programming language,
and was a key contributor to the early directions in AI. He was also credited for
developing an early form of time-sharing.
Professor McCarthy has received numerous pretigious awards including the ACM Turing
Award, the Kyoto Prize, the National Medal of Science, and the Benjamin Franklin
Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science. In addition, he was inducted as a Fellow
of the Computer History Museum and inducted into the IEEE Intelligent Systems AI
Hall of Fame. Professor McCarthy passed away on October 24, 2011.
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