Magazine article AI Magazine

In Memoriam

Magazine article AI Magazine

In Memoriam

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AAAI notes with great regret the death of Henry Kyburg, Jr., AAAI fellow. Kyburg was Professor of Computer Science and Burbank Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy at the University of Rochester and a senior research scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) in Pensacola, Florida. After undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering, he obtained a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University. He joined Wesleyan University as an assistant professor of mathematics in 1958, spent 1961-2 as a research associate at Rockefeller University, followed by a year as associate professor of mathematics and philosophy at the University of Denver and two years as associate professor of philosophy at Wayne State University. From 1965 onward he was a professor of philosophy at the University of Rochester, chairing the department from 19691982, and subsequently holding the Burbank Professorship. As well, in 1986 he was appointed professor of computer science. He held both Rochester professorships until his death, and in addition from 1999 onward spent part of each year as a Senior Research Scientist and Pace Eminent Scholar at the Institute for Human and Machine Intelligence in Florida.

Kyburg was eminent both as a philosopher of science and epistemology, and as an AI researcher in uncertain and nonmonotonic reasoning. …

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