Herbert Gelernter

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Herbert Gelernter is professor emeritus in the computer department of Stony Brook University].[1]

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Gelernter studied for his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester in 1957.[1][2] He implemented, with Nathaniel Rochester, a computer language for list processing within FORTRAN. The work for this was done, in fact, with Carl Gerberich at IBM, to this end producing the Fortran list processing language (FLPL).[3] His most ambitious project during his tenure at Stony Brook University was the SYNCHEM expert problem-solving system for the discovery of potential routes to the total synthesis of organic molecules through a self-guided intelligent search and application of its large knowledge base of graph transforms, rules and sophisticated heuristics representing generalized organic reactions organized around recognized functional groups.

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