HERBERT A. SIMON Biography - Bussiness people and enterpreneurs


Biography » bussiness people and enterpreneurs » herbert a simon


Carnegie Mellon University Professor Herbert A. Simon, winner of the 1978 Nobel   
Prize in Economics, the A.M. Turing Award and the National Medal of Science and   
many other awards for his work in cognitive psychology and computer science,       
died on February 9, 2001, at the age of 84. Dr. Simon's 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 tool for both simulating   
human thinking and augmenting it with artificial intelligence. Dr. Simon was       
widely considered to be a founder of the field of artificial intelligence.         
A member of Carnegie Mellon faculty since 1949, Simon had important roles in the   
formation of several of its departments and schools, including the Graduate       
School of Industrial Administration, the School of Computer Science and the       
College of Humanities and Social Sciences' Psychology Department, where he was     
instrumental in the development of its internationally renowned cognitive         
science group.