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2/25/2001; 8:41:43 AM (reads: 447, responses: 0)
Obituary: Herbert Simon
Carnegie Mellon University Professor Herbert A. Simon, winner of the 1978 Nobel Prize in Economics and many prestigious international scientific awards for his work in cognitive psychology and computer science, died Feb. 9 at the age of 84.

Herbert Simon was eminent in every field he chose to work in. These include computer science, economics, psychology and management science.

In 1975 he received the Turing Award with Allen Newell, for their joint work on artificial intelligene. Part of that work was the creation of the IPL programming language, which is said to be the first programming language the featured list processing and recursion. This work was part of the inspiration for LISP. Simon had a wide range of computer science related interests.

In 1978, he received the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, and in 1986 the National Medal of Science; in 1969, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association; in 1988 the John von Neumann Theory Prize of ORSA/TIMS, and in 1995, the Research Excellence Award of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence.

Few, if any, scientists and scholars in the world have had as great an influence across so many fields.

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