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Edward Feigenbaum

Edward Albert Feigenbaum
Born (1936-01-20) January 20, 1936
Weehawken, New Jersey
Nationality American
Fields Computer Science
Artificial intelligence
Institutions Stanford University
United States Air Force
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University (B.S., 1956; Ph.D., 1960)
Doctoral advisor Herbert A. Simon
Known for Expert system
DENDRAL project
Notable awards Turing Award (1994)
Computer Pioneer Award

Edward Albert Feigenbaum (born January 20, 1936) is a computer scientist working in the field of artificial intelligence, and joint winner of the 1994 ACM Turing Award. He is often called the "father of expert systems." [1]



Feigenbaum was born in Weehawken, New Jersey in 1936 to a culturally Jewish family, and moved to nearby North Bergen, where he lived until he started college at the age of 16, when he left to start college.[2][3] His hometown didn't have a secondary school of its own and he chose Weehawken High School for its college preparatory program.[3][4] He was inducted into his high school's hall of fame in 1996.[5]

Feigenbaum completed his undergraduate degree (1956), and a Ph.D. (1960),[6][7] at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University). In his Ph.D thesis, carried out under the supervision of Herbert A. Simon, he developed EPAM, one of the first computer models of how people learn.[8]

He founded the Knowledge Systems Laboratory at Stanford University and co-founded companies IntelliCorp and Teknowledge.

He is currently a Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Stanford University.

Honors and awards

  • 1984. Selected as one the initial fellows of the ACMI.
  • 1994. ACM Turing Award jointly with Raj Reddy for "pioneering the design and construction of large scale artificial intelligence systems, demonstrating the practical importance and potential commercial impact of artificial intelligence technology".
  • 1997. U.S. Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Award
  • 2007. Inducted as fellow of the ACM.
  • 2011. IEEE Intelligent Systems AI's Hall of Fame for "significant contributions to the field of AI and intelligent systems".[9][10]
  • 2012. Made fellow of the Computer History Museum "for his pioneering work in artificial intelligence and expert systems."[11]
  • 2013. IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award for "pioneering work in Artificial Intelligence, including development of the basic principles and methods of knowledge-based systems and their practical applications".

Articles by Edward Feigenbaum

  • The Age of Intelligent Machines: Knowledge Processing--From File Servers to Knowledge Servers by Edward Feigenbaum
  • Feigenbaum, Edward A. (2003). "Some challenges and grand challenges for computational intelligence". Journal of the ACM 50 (1): 32–40.  


  1. ^ Edward Feigenbaum 2012 Fellow
  2. ^ Len Shustek. "An Interview with Ed Feigenbaum".  
  3. ^ a b Knuth, Don. "Oral History of Edward Feigenbaum, Computer History Museum, 2007. Accessed October 23, 2015. "I was born in Weehawken, New Jersey, which is a town on the Palisades opposite New York. In fact, it’s the place where the Lincoln Tunnel dives under the water and comes up in New York. Then my parents moved up the Palisades four miles to a town called North Bergen, and there I lived until I was 16 and went off to Carnegie Tech."
  4. ^ Lederberg, Joshua. "How DENDRAL was conceived and born", United States National Library of Medicine, November 5, 1987. Accessed October 23, 2015. "I became an expert on its use. I even remember dragging it with me miles on the bus to Weehawken High School, heavy as it was, just to show off my skill with this marvelous technology that no other kid in the high school knew anything about."
  5. ^ Hague, Jim. "Academic awards aplenty; Weehawken honors top students, inducts Pasquale into Hall of Fame", Hudson Reporter, May 13, 2000. Accessed October 23, 2015. "Edward Feigenbaum (Class of '53) in 1996"
  6. ^ Edward Albert Feigenbaum at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  7. ^ "ProQuest Document ID 301899261".  
  8. ^ "Guide to the Edward A. Feigenbaum Papers" (PDF).  
  9. ^ "AI's Hall of Fame" (PDF).  
  10. ^ "IEEE Computer Society Magazine Honors Artificial Intelligence Leaders".   Press release source: PRWeb (Vocus).
  11. ^ "Edward Feigenbaum". Computer History Museum. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 

Further reading

External links

  • Edward Albert Feigenbaum at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  • Edward A. Feigenbaum at the AI Genealogy Project.
  • Edward Feigenbaum, Stanford Knowledge Systems, AI Laboratory
  • Stanford Knowledge Systems, AI Laboratory
  • Oral history interviews with Edward Feigenbaum at Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
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