Professor John McCarthy
Father of AI



September 4, 1927 in Boston, Massachusetts


High School Diploma - Belmont High School, Los Angeles, 1943
B.S. (Mathematics) California Institute of Technology, 1948
Ph.D. (Mathematics) Princeton University, 1951

Honors and Societies

American Academy of Arts and Sciences
American Society for the Advancement of Science
American Mathematical Society
Association for Computing Machinery
Sigma Xi
Sloan Fellow in Physical Science, 1957-59
ACM National Lecturer, 1961
A. M. Turing Award from Association for Computing Machinery, 1971
Editorial Board, Artificial Intelligence Journal, 1975 - 2011
Academic Advisor, National Legal Center for Public Information, 1976 - 1980
Board of Directors, Information International, Inc., 1962--1995.
Board of Directors, Inference Corporation, 1983--1991.
Board of Directors, Mad Intelligent Systems, 1987--1991
Sigma Xi National Lecturer, 1977
Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1979--1980.
President, American Association for Artificial Intelligence, 1983-84
Research Excellence Award, International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 1985
Computer Pioneer Award IEEE Computer Society, 1985
Elected to National Academy of Engineering, 1987
Kyoto Prize, 1988
Elected to National Academy of Sciences, 1989
National Medal of Science, 1990
Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer Cognitive Science, 2003

Professional Experience

Procter Fellow, Princeton University, 1950-51
Higgins Research Instructor in Mathematics, Princeton University, 1951-53
Acting Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Stanford University, Sept. 1953 - Jan. 1955
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Dartmouth College, Feb. 1955 - June 1958
Assistant Professor of Communication Science, M.I.T., 1958 - 1961
Associate Professor of Communication Science, M.I.T., 1961 - 1962
Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University, 1962 - 2011
Director, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Stanford University, 1965 - 1980
Charles M. Pigott Professor of Engineering, Stanford University, 1987-1994
Bobby R. Inman Professor of Computer Science, University of Texas, Fall 1987