John McCarthy

1927 - 2011

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John McCarthy (September 4, 1927 – October 24, 2011) was an American computer scientist and cognitive scientist. McCarthy was one of the founders of the discipline of artificial intelligence. He co-authored the document that coined the term "artificial intelligence" (AI), developed the Lisp programming language family, significantly influenced the design of the ALGOL programming language, popularized time-sharing, invented garbage collection, and was very influential in the early development of AI. McCarthy spent most of his career at Stanford University. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John McCarthy has received more than 62,613 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). John McCarthy is the 10th most popular computer scientist, the 965th most popular biography from United States (down from 838th 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 10 out of 205Before him are Dennis Ritchie, Richard Stallman, Donald Knuth, Edsger W. Dijkstra, Niklaus Wirth, and Lotfi A. Zadeh. After him are Linus Torvalds, Edgar F. Codd, Ken Thompson, Ray Kurzweil, Andrew S. Tanenbaum, and Vint Cerf.

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Among people born in 1927, John McCarthy ranks 45Before him are Gilbert Bécaud, Daniel Keyes, Ibrahim Ferrer, Robert Hossein, Stan Getz, and Harry Markowitz. After him are Jacques Mayol, George Andrew Olah, Robert Noyce, Manfred Eigen, Lois Maxwell, and Harry Mulisch. Among people deceased in 2011, John McCarthy ranks 35Before him are Lucian Freud, Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, Christa Wolf, Manfred Gerlach, Baruch Samuel Blumberg, and Lynn Margulis. After him are Richard Hamilton, Alberto Granado, Tomislav Ivić, Norman Foster Ramsey Jr., Linda Christian, and Daniel Bell.

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Among people born in United States, John McCarthy ranks 965 out of 15,968Before him are Robin Cook (1940), Wallace Carothers (1896), Herbert Spencer Gasser (1888), Robert Hofstadter (1915), Robert Burns Woodward (1917), and Forest Whitaker (1961). After him are Vincent du Vigneaud (1901), Frederick Reines (1918), Sugar Ray Robinson (1921), James Avery (1945), Scott Glenn (1939), and Éamon de Valera (1882).


Among computer scientists born in United States, John McCarthy ranks 5Before him are Grace Hopper (1906), Dennis Ritchie (1941), Richard Stallman (1953), and Donald Knuth (1938). After him are Ken Thompson (1943), Ray Kurzweil (1948), Andrew S. Tanenbaum (1944), Vint Cerf (1943), George Dantzig (1914), Larry Page (1973), and Alan Kay (1940).