Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Bledsoe (November 12, 1921 – October 4, 1995) was a mathematician, computer scientist, and prominent educator. He is one of the pioneers of artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, and automated theorem proving. Bledsoe died on October 4, 1995 of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Woody was one of the founders of AI, making early contributions in pattern recognition and automated reasoning. He continued to make significant contributions to AI throughout his long career.
Bledsoe joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an adult, and served in the church as a Bishop, counselor to the Stake Presidency, and Stake Patriarch. He also served as a leader in the Boy Scouts of America.
- Memorial Resolution – Woodrow W. Bledsoe
- "UT science pioneer `Woody' Bledsoe dies". Austin American-Statesman. October 6, 1995. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- Anne Olivia Boyer, Robert S. Boyer (1991). "A Biographical Sketch of W. W. Bledsoe". In Robert S. Boyer. Automated Reasoning: Essays in Honor of Woody Bledsoe. Kluwer Academic Publishers Group. pp. 1–29.
- W.W. Bledsoe at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Michael Ballantyne, Robert S. Boyer and Larry Hines. "Woody Bledsoe: His Life and Legacy" AI Magazine, Vol. 17. No. 1, pp. 7–20, Spring 1996, American Association for Artificial Intelligence.
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