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Monday, October 31, 2011

John McCarthy (jmc) lived:1927-2011

important contributions (as per I know)

* initiated the 'Time-Sharing' mechanism

* did initial development in field of A.I.

* creator of programming language 'Lisp' (just younger to Fortran)

* coined the term 'Artificial Intelligence'

* Invented Automatic Garbage Collection.

* published several Mathematical and Computational Logic Papers; even one of the initial papers on E-Commerce referred to as 'buying and selling by computers'

* even tried promoting his ideas through medium of literature, a science fiction made public by him..... 'The Robot and The Baby' (download as PDF).

Links to know more:

* First contribution mentioned wasn't known to me until I came across Herb Sutter's following article http://herbsutter.com/2011/10/25/john-mccarthy/

* "History of Lisp" by John McCarthy http://www-formal.stanford.edu/jmc/history/lisp/lisp.html

* a Youtube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvIqc0aBR0A

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