John McCarthy

1927 - 2011

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John McCarthy (September 4, 1927 – October 24, 2011) was an American computer scientist and cognitive scientist. He was one of the founders of the discipline of artificial intelligence. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John McCarthy has received more than 86,160 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). John McCarthy is the 9th most popular computer scientist (up from 12th in 2019), the 707th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,040th in 2019) and the 5th most popular American Computer Scientist.

John McCarthy is most famous for his work in Artificial Intelligence, including his development of LISP and the design of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

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Among computer scientists, John McCarthy ranks 9 out of 245Before him are Tim Berners-Lee, Richard Stallman, Niklaus Wirth, Dennis Ritchie, Edsger W. Dijkstra, and Donald Knuth. After him are Lotfi A. Zadeh, Linus Torvalds, Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Edgar F. Codd, Marvin Minsky, and Ivan Sutherland.

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Among people born in 1927, John McCarthy ranks 32Before him are Robert Hossein, Marshall Warren Nirenberg, Gilbert Bécaud, Maurice Béjart, Martin Lewis Perl, and Juliette Gréco. After him are Rosalynn Carter, Raúl Alfonsín, Manfred Eigen, Princess Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium, Emmanuelle Riva, and Abdul Basit 'Abd us-Samad. Among people deceased in 2011, John McCarthy ranks 29Before him are John Barry, Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, Sidney Lumet, Burhanuddin Rabbani, Jane Russell, and Gary Moore. After him are Manfred Gerlach, Necmettin Erbakan, Christa Wolf, Ralph M. Steinman, Norman Foster Ramsey Jr., and Herbert A. Hauptman.

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Among people born in United States, John McCarthy ranks 707 out of 20,380Before him are Hattie McDaniel (1893), Kevin Bacon (1958), H. L. Mencken (1880), Sally Field (1946), Harold Urey (1893), and Billie Jean King (1943). After him are Nat King Cole (1919), Lee Marvin (1924), Kenny Rogers (1938), John Deere (1804), Benjamin Thompson (1753), and Jared Diamond (1937).


Among computer scientists born in United States, John McCarthy ranks 5Before him are Grace Hopper (1906), Richard Stallman (1953), Dennis Ritchie (1941), and Donald Knuth (1938). After him are Andrew S. Tanenbaum (1944), Marvin Minsky (1927), Ivan Sutherland (1938), George Dantzig (1914), Ray Kurzweil (1948), John Backus (1924), and Ken Thompson (1943).