Albert Lindsey Zobrist

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Albert Lindsey Zobrist (born February 27, 1942) is an American computer scientist, games researcher, and inventor of the famous Zobrist Hashing, which was published in 1970.[1] He is further author of the first Go program in 1968 as part of his PhD Thesis on pattern recognition at the Computer Science Department of the University of Wisconsin.[2]


Albert Zobrist received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters in Mathematics and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Computer chess[edit]

While affiliated with the University of Southern California and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Zobrist researched on computer chess, and was along with Frederic Roy Carlson and Charles Kalme co-author of the chess programs USC CP and Tyro,[3] participating at the ACM North American Computer Chess Championships (NACCC) in 1977.[4]


  1. ^ Albert Zobrist (1970), A New Hashing Method with Application for Game Playing. Technical Report #88, Computer Science Department, The University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA. Reprinted (1990) in ICCA Journal, Vol. 13, No. 2
  2. ^ Albert Zobrist (1970), Feature Extraction and Representation for Pattern Recognition and the Game of Go. Ph.D. Thesis (152 pp.), University of Wisconsin. Also published as technical report
  3. ^ Albert Zobrist, Frederic Roy Carlson (1973). The USC chess program. Proceedings of the ACM annual conference, Atlanta, Georgia
  4. ^ A Memorial to BRUTE FORCE by Louis Kessler

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