Charles Rosen (scientist)

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Charles Rosen
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Rosen (center-right)
Born(1917-12-07)December 7, 1917
DiedDecember 8, 2002(2002-12-08) (aged 85)[1]
Alma materCooper Union
McGill University
Known forShakey the robot
Scientific career
InstitutionsGeneral Electric Research Laboratory

SRI International's Artificial Intelligence Center

Ridge Vineyards

Charles Rosen (December 7, 1917 – December 8, 2002) was a pioneer in artificial intelligence and founder of SRI International's Artificial Intelligence Center.[1] He led the project that led to the development of Shakey the Robot, "who" now resides in a glass case at the Computer History Museum, in Mountain View, California.

Early life and education[edit]

Raised in Montreal, Rosen became a student at Cooper Union and received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1940; he returned to Montreal to study at McGill University, where he received his M. Eng. (in communications) in 1950.


While working at the General Electric Research Laboratory, in 1953 Rosen co-authored one of the first textbooks on transistor circuits.[2] In 1956, Rosen received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Syracuse University (with a minor in solid state physics).[3]

In 1957, Rosen joined the Stanford Research Institute, where he did much of his artificial intelligence work.[1]

In 1959, Rosen co-founded Ridge Vineyards with SRI colleagues Hewitt Crane and David Bennion. Under their ownership, Ridge would go on to place fifth in the Judgment of Paris wine tasting.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Buchanan, Wyatt (2002-12-20). "Charles Rosen -- expert on robots, co-founder of winery". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
  2. ^ Shea, Richard F., editor (1953). Principles of Transistor Circuits (John Wiley and Sons, 1953).
  3. ^ Stanford Research Institute (1969). "Development and Application of Question-Answering Techniques for a Remote-Access Medical Information Retrieval System," proposal submitted by the Stanford Research Institute on November 13, 1969. Online version (incorporating Rosen's CV) retrieved Oct. 23, 2007.
  4. ^ Taber, George M. (2005). The Judgment of Paris: California vs. France (Simon & Schuster), pp. pg 181-182. ISBN 0-7432-4751-5