1975 ACM Turing
Award Lecture

     The 1975 ACM Turing Award was presented jointly to Allen Newell and Herbert A. Simon at the ACM Annual Conference in Minneapolis, October 20. In introducing the recipients, Bernard A. Galler, Chairman of the Turing Award Committee, read the following citation:

     " It is a privilege to be able to present the ACM Turing Award to two friends of long standing, Professors Allen Newell and Herbert A. Simon, both of Carnegie-Mellon University.

     " In joint scientific efforts extending over twenty years, initially in collaboration with l.C. Shaw at the RAND Corporation, and subsequently with numerous faculty and student colleague's at Carnegie-Mellon University, they have made basic contributions to artificial intelligence, the psychology of human cognition, and list processing.

     " In artificial intelligence, they contributed to the establishment of the field as an area of scientific endeavor, to the development of heuristic programming generally, and of heuristic search, means ends analysis, and methods of induction, in particular; providing

demonstrations of the sufficiency of these mechanisms to solve interesting problems.

     " In psychology, they were principal instigators of the idea that human cognition can be described in terms of a symbol system, and they have developed detailed theories for human problem solving verbal learning and inductive behavior in a number of task domains, using computer programs embodying these theories to simulate the human behavior.

     "They were apparently the inventors of list processing, and have been major contributors to both software technology and the development of the concept of the computer as a system of manipulating symbolic structures and not just as a processor of numerical data.

     "It is an honor for Professors Newell and Simon to be given this award, but it is also an honor for ACM to be able to add their names to our list of recipients, since by their presence, they will add to the prestige and importance of the ACM Turing Award."

Computer Science as Empirical Inquiry:
Symbols and Search


Allen Newell and Herbert A. Simon

     Computer science is the study of the phenomena surrounding computers. The founders of this society understood this very well when they called themselves the Association for Computing Machinery. The machine-not just the hardware, but the programmed, living machine-is the organism we study.

     This is the tenth Turing Lecture. The nine persons who preceded us on this platform have presented nine different views of computer science. For our organism, the machine, can be studied at many levels and from many sides. We are deeply honored to appear here today and to present yet another view, the one that has permeated the scientific work for which we have been

     Key Words and Phrases: symbols, search, science, computer science, empirical, Turing, artificial intelligence, intelligence, list processing, cognition, heuristics, problem solving.
     CR Categories: 1.0, 2.1, 3.3 3.6, 5.7.
     Copyright (~) 1976, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. General permission to republish, but not for profit, all or part of this material is granted provided that ACM's copyright notice is given and that reference is made to the publication,
to its date of issue, and to the fact that reprinting privileges were granted by permission of the Association for Computing Machinery.
     The authors' research over the years has been supported in part by the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Defense (monitored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research) and in part by the National Institutes of Mental Health.
     Authors' address: Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh.
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Communications
of
the ACM
  March 1976
Volume 19
Number 3

Artificial Intelligence and the Design of Intelligent Systems

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