Marvin Minsky

Marvin Minsky
New York, NY, USA
Death date
Fields of study
Turing Award


Marvin Lee Minsky was born on Aug. 9, 1927, the son of eye surgeon Dr. Henry Minsky, chief of ophthalmology at Mount Sinai Hospital, and Fannie Reiser, a social activist and Zionist. Minsky attended the Ethical Culture School in Manhattan, the Bronx High School of Science and the Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. After serving in the Navy during World War II, Minsky studied mathematics at Harvard and received a Ph.D. in math from Princeton.

In 1959, Minsky co-founded the MIT Artificial Intelligence Project (later the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) with John McCarthy, who coined the term “artificial intelligence.” Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick consulted with him on the film "2001: A Space Odyssey" on the subject of computer graphics and computer generated speech. The book "The Society of Mind" was published in 1986.

Minsky was awarded the Turing Award in 1969.