Curriculum Vitae

Biographical Data 



Center for the Study of Language and Information 

Ventura Hall, Stanford University 

Stanford, California  94305-4115  

Date of Birth: March 17, 1922  

Degrees, Fellowships and Awards

  • B.S., University of Chicago, 1943. 
  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 1950. 
  • Wendell T. Bush Fellow, Columbia University, 1949-50. 
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1955-56. 
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, National Science Foundation, 1956-57. 
  • Social Science Research Council Research Award, 1959. 
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1962. 
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association, 1964. 
  • Nicholas Murray Butler Medal in Silver, Columbia University, 1965. 
  • Member, National Academy of Education, 1965. 
  • Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award, American Educational Research Association, 1967. 
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1968. 
  • John Smyth Memorial Lecturer, Victorian Institute of Educational Research, Melbourne, Australia, 1968. 
  • Membre associé étranger, Société Française de Psychologie, 1968. 
  • American Educational Research Association, Phi Delta Kappa Meritorious Researcher Award, 1971. 
  • Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1971-72. 
  • Member, International Institute of Philosophy, 1971. 
  • Member, Society of Experimental Psychologists, 1972.
  • President, Pacific Division, American Philosophical Association, 1972-73. 
  • Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, American Psychological Association, 1972. 
  • President, American Educational Research Association, 1973-74. 
  • President, National Academy of Education, 1973-77. 
  • Membre titulaire, Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences, 1973. 
  • Foreign Member, Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, 1974. 
  • Hägerström Lecturer, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, 1974. 
  • President, Division of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, International Union of History and Philosophy of Science, 1975-79.  
  • President, International Union of History and Philosophy of Science, 1976, 1978. 
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences, 1978. 
  • Columbia University Teachers College Medal for Distinguished Service, 1978 .
  • Howison Lecturer in Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 1979. 
  • Honorary Doctor's Degree in the Social Sciences, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 1979. 
  • E. L. Thorndike Award for Distinguished Psychological Contribution to Education, American Psychological Association, 1979. 
  • The S. Richard Silverman Lectureship in Hearing and Deafness, Central Institute for the Deaf, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1979. 
  • Visiting Professor, Collège de France, Paris, November 1979. 
  • Messenger Lecturer, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, September 1981. 
  • Docteur Honoris Causa, Académie de Paris, Université René Descartes, 1982. 
  • Visiting Professor, Collège de France, Paris, April 1988.
  • Lectures “Determinism and Prediction”, “Determinism, Chaos and Randomness”, “Free Will” and “Determinism and Free Will”, Collège de France, Paris, 1988.
  • Ernest Nagel Memorial Lecture, “Determinism, Computation and Free Will”, Columbia University, 1988.
  • William James Fellow, American Psychological Society, 1989.
  • Evert Willem Beth Lecture, “Physical Determinism and Biological Computation”, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 1989.
  • Corresponding Member, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 1990.
  • National Medal of Science, 1990.
  • Foreign Member, Russian Academy of Education, 1990.
  • Member, American Philosophical Society, 1991.
  • The Thirteenth Hausser Lecture in the Humanities, “Determinism, Biological Computation, and Free Will”, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, 1991.
  • Foreign Member, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, 1992.
  • Member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, 1993.
  • Honorary Member, Chilean Academy of  Sciences, 1993.
  • 1993 Louis Robinson Award, Educom, Washington, DC, 1993.
  • Fellow, Association for Computing Machinery, 1994.
  • First Annual Karl Popper Visiting Lecture, “The Nature of Freedom”, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, 1995.
  • Reichenbach Lecture, “Freedom, Determinism and Biological Computation”, University of California, Los Angeles, 1997.
  • Ernest Nagel Memorial Lectures in Philosophy and Science, “Freedom and Uncertainty”, “Brain-wave Recognition of Words” and “Nemeses of Freedom: Determinism and Computation”, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1997.
  • William Lowe Bryan Memorial Lecture, “Brain-wave Recognition of Words and Sentences”, Indiana University, 1998.
  • Eleventh Annual Alfred Tarski Lectures, “Invariance and Meaning” and “A Physical Model of the Brain’s Computation of Truth”, University of California, Berkeley, 1999.
  • Doctor philosophiae honoris causa, Universität Regensburg, 1999.
  • Dottore (ad honorem) in Filosofia, University of Bologna, Italy, 1999.
  • Barwise Prize, Committee on Philosophy and Computers, American Philosophy Association, 2002.
  • Member, International Academy for Philosophy (Armenia-USA-The Netherlands), 2003.
  • Henry Chauncey Award for Distinguished Service to Assessment and Educational Science, Educational Testing Service, 2003. 
  • Lakatos Award Prize for book in philosophy of science (Representation and Invariance of Scientific Structures), London School of Economics and Political Science, 2003.
  • Lauener Prize in Philosophy, Lauener Foundation, Basel, Switzerland, 2004.
  • Corresponding Member, Brazilian Academy of Philosophy, 2006
  • Honorary Doctor of Science and Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008
  • Lifetime Achievement Award in Education Technology, Software and Information Industry Association, San Francisco, CA, 2012.

Academic Appointments

  • 1948-50 Lecturer (part-time), Columbia University 
  • 1950-59 Assistant and Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Stanford University 
  • 1959-92 Professor, Department of Philosophy, Stanford University 
  • 1959-92 Director, Institute for Mathematical Studies in the Social Sciences, Stanford University 
  • 1960-92 Professor by courtesy, Department of Statistics, Stanford University
  • 1963-69 Chairman, Department of Philosophy, Stanford University 
  • 1967-92 Professor by courtesy, School of Education, Stanford University 
  • 1973-92 Professor by courtesy, Department of Psychology, Stanford University 
  • 1975-92 Lucie Stern Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University 
  • Lucie Stern Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, Stanford University 
  • Director and Faculty Advisor, Education Program for Gifted Youth, Stanford University

Membership in Professional Societies   

  • American Educational Research Association 
  • American Mathematical Society 
  • American Philosophical Association 
  • American Psychological Association 
  • American Psychological Society
  • Association for Computing Machinery 
  • Association for Symbolic Logic 
  • British Society for the Philosophy of Science 
  • Econometric Society 
  • Institute for Mathematical Statistics 
  • Mathematical Association of America 
  • Philosophy of Science Association 
  • Psychonomic Society 
  • Society of Experimental Psychologists 
  • Society for Mathematical Psychology 

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