James Robert Slagle

1961 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States 
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"James Slagle"

Born March 1, 1934. American mathematician, computer scientist, and since 1984 Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, with former appointments at Johns Hopkins University, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, Naval Research Laboratory, Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, University of California and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As Freshman Calculus Student and Ph.D. candidate at MIT, supervised by Marvin Minsky in 1961, he wrote his dissertation entitled 'Heuristic Program that Solves Symbolic Integration Problems in Freshman Calculus, Symbolic Automatic Integrator' which is acknowledged as first Expert system. In 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower presented him with five hundred dollars, awarded by Recording for the Blind Inc., for outstanding work as a blind student.

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