Excerpt: 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 today (Feb. 9) at the age of 84. (…)
His research ranged from computer science to psychology, administration and economics. The thread of continuity through all of his work was his interest in human decision-making and problem-solving processes and the implications of these processes for social institutions.
He made extensive use of the computer as a tool for both simulating human thinking and augmenting it with artificial intelligence. Simon was widely considered to be a founder of the field of artificial intelligence. (..)
This past fall, Carnegie Mellon honored Simon by naming its new computer science facility after him and the late Computer Science Professor Allen Newell. Both were recognized as founders of the fields of artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology. At a symposium in his honor, Simon commented extensively on the role of computing in the future. A full text of his remarks can be found at: http://www.ulib.org
- Nobel Laureate Herbert A. Simon Dies at Age 84, Carnegie Mellon News, 01/02/09