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Herbert Simon      Herbert Simon, the Richard King Mellon University Professor of Computer Science and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University (b. Milwaukee 1916 - d. Pittsburgh 2001). Simon had an illustrious 52-year career in artificial intelligence, psychology, administration and economics.
     Simon was educated in political science at the University of Chicago (B.A., 1936, Ph.D., 1943). He has held research and faculty positions at the University of California--Berkeley, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Carnegie Mellon University. A member of the Carnegie Mellon faculty since 1949, Simon had important roles in the formation of several of its departments and schools, including the Graduate School of Industrial Administration, the School of Computer Science and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Psychology Department, where he was instrumental in the development of its internationally renowned cognitive science group.
     During his career, Simon received worldwide acclaim and numerous honors. In 1975, he earned the prestigious A.M. Turing Award for his work in computer science. In 1978, he received the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, and in 1986, the National Medal of Science. In 1993, he won the American Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology. In 1994, he was one of only 14 foreign scientists ever to be inducted into the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 1995, two prominent awards were presented to Simon by the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (the Award for Research Excellence) and the American Society of Public Administration (the Dwight Waldo Award). He also was inducted into the Automation Hall of Fame because of his pioneering work in the field of artificial intelligence. He received major national awards from the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Political Science Association, the Academy of Management, the Operations Research Society and the Institute of Management Science, among others.
     Simon's books include Administrative Behavior; Human Problem Solving, jointly with Allen Newell; The Sciences of the Artificial; Scientific Discovery, with Pat Langley, Gary Bradshaw, and Jan Zytkow; Models of Bounded Rationality; Models of Thought; Models of Discovery; and his autobiography, Models of My Life.

Numerous excellent biographies and tributes have been written about of Herbert Simon's life.

Those who knew Simon well have pointed to these sources to better understand him:

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