School of Information Science - Hall of Fame

Alan Newell
  • Alan Newell
  • Born: March 19, 1927
  • Died: July 19, 1992
  • Field: Artificial intelligence; computer science; cognitive psychology
  • Focus: Conducted research and developed pioneering theories in the fields of artificial intelligence, human cognition, and computer science. Recipient of Turing Award.
  • Country: United States
  • Era: 1950 to 1969

Allen Newell described himself as a "scientist"; he was best known for his work in artificial intelligence. Newell did his graduate work at Princeton University. He joined the faculty of the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1961 and remained there for the remainder of his distinguished career. He was obsessed with understanding human cognition, and sought a unified theory of cognition. Newell wrote and co-authored more than 250 publications, and ten books.

Alan Newell is a winner of the A.M. Turing Award of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). With Herbert A. Simon and J.C. Shaw in 1957, he first articulated a rule-based model of human and computer problem solving. Newell earned an international reputation for his pioneering work in artificial intelligence, the theory of human cognition, and the development of computer software and hardware systems for complex information processing.

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