John McCarthy

1927 - 2011

John McCarthy

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 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 54,769 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 11th most popular computer scientist.

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Among computer scientists, John McCarthy ranks 10 out of 187Before him are Richard Stallman, Dennis Ritchie, Donald Knuth, Edsger W. Dijkstra, Lotfi A. Zadeh, and Niklaus Wirth. After him are Linus Torvalds, Marvin Minsky, Edgar F. Codd, Ray Kurzweil, Andrew S. Tanenbaum, and Ken Thompson.

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Among people born in 1927, John McCarthy ranks 40Before him are K. Alex Müller, Gilbert Bécaud, George Andrew Olah, Hugo Pratt, Juliette Gréco, and Ibrahim Ferrer. After him are Stan Getz, Daniel Keyes, Mary Higgins Clark, Abdul Halim of Kedah, Robert Hossein, and Hans-Dietrich Genscher. Among people deceased in 2011, John McCarthy ranks 31Before him are Rudolf Mössbauer, John Barry, Sidney Lumet, Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, Christa Wolf, and Manfred Gerlach. After him are Lucian Freud, Norman Foster Ramsey Jr., Diana Wynne Jones, Baruj Benacerraf, Lynn Margulis, and Alberto Granado.

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Among people born in United States, John McCarthy ranks 838 out of 12,171Before him are Anastacia (1968), Christopher Lambert (1957), Al Jarreau (1940), Robert Burns Woodward (1917), John Hasbrouck Van Vleck (1899), and Robert Vaughn (1932). After him are Richard Crenna (1926), Aaron T. Beck (1921), Joseph Campbell (1904), Stanley Donen (1924), Murray Rothbard (1926), and Leon Festinger (1919).