Carolyn Talcott

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Carolyn Talcott
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Carolyn Talcott in 2004
Born (1941-06-14) June 14, 1941 (age 81)[1]
Alma mater
Scientific career
ThesisThe Essence of RUM: A Theory of the Intensional and Extensional Aspects of LISP-Type Computation (1985)
Doctoral advisorSolomon Feferman[2]
Notable studentsNalini Venkatasubramanian[1]

Carolyn Talcott (born June 14, 1941) is an American computer scientist known for work in formal reasoning, especially as it relates to computers, cryptanalysis and systems biology. She is currently the program director of the Symbolic Systems Biology group at SRI International.[3][4]

She is currently the co-editor-in-chief of Higher-Order and Symbolic Computation.[5] Talcott married John McCarthy (computer scientist) and had a son.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Carolyn was born to Howard Talcott and Harriet Louise Mitchell who were Presbyterians from Idaho.[7][8] Talcott earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1985. Her dissertation, The Essence of RUM: A Theory of the Intensional and Extensional Aspects of LISP-Type Computation, was supervised by Solomon Feferman.[2]

Awards and memberships[edit]

Talcott was named an SRI Fellow in 2011.[3] She is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Association for Symbolic Logic.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Carolyn Talcott Curriculum Vita". Stanford University. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
  2. ^ a b Carolyn Talcott at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ a b "Our People: Carolyn Talcott". SRI International. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
  4. ^ Sylvan, Pinsky (2011). "Honoring Carolyn Talcott's contributions to science". In Agha, Gul; Meseguer, Jose; Danvy, Olivier (eds.). Formal modeling. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag. pp. 4–19. ISBN 978-3-642-24932-7.
  5. ^ "Higher-Order and Symbolic Computation". Springer Science+Business Media. Archived from the original on 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
  6. ^[bare URL PDF]
  7. ^ "Harriet Louise Mitchell Arnold Obituary (2003) the Oregonian".
  8. ^ "Howard Winslow Talcott".

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