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David E. Goldberg

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David E. Goldberg
Born (1953-09-26) September 26, 1953 (age 70)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Known forWork in the field of genetic algorithms
Scientific career
FieldsGenetic algorithms
InstitutionsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Doctoral advisor
Doctoral students

David Edward Goldberg (born September 26, 1953) is an American computer scientist, civil engineer, and former professor. Until 2010, he was a professor in the department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering (IESE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was noted for his work in the field of genetic algorithms. He was the director of the Illinois Genetic Algorithms Laboratory (Illigal ) and the co-founder & chief scientist of Nextumi, which later changed its name to ShareThis. He is the author of Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization and Machine Learning, one of the most cited books in computer science.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

David E. Goldberg received a Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1983 from the University of Michigan. His advisors were E. Benjamin Wylie[2] and John Henry Holland. His students including Kalyanmoy Deb, Jeff Horn, and Hillol Kargupta.[3]

In 2003 David Goldberg was appointed as the first holder of Jerry S. Dobrovolny Professorship in Entrepreneurial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[4]


  • 1983. Computer-aided gas pipeline operation using genetic algorithms and rule learning, Ph.D. thesis. University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI.
  • 1989. Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization and Machine Learning. Addison-Wesley.
  • 1991. Real-coded genetic algorithms, virtual alphabets, and blocking. Complex Systems 5, pp. 139–167.
  • 1995. Life Skills and Leadership for Engineers. McGraw Hill
  • 2002. The Design of Innovation: Lessons from and for Competent Genetic Algorithms. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • 2006. The Entrepreneurial Engineer. Wiley.
  • 2014. A Whole New Engineer, with Mark Somerville. ThreeJoy.


  1. ^ Most Cited Computer Science Citations, CiteSeerX
  2. ^ "E. Benjamin Wylie". Archived from the original on 2006-09-06. Retrieved 2006-07-26.
  3. ^ "David E. Goldberg - The Mathematics Genealogy Project". Mathematics Genealogy Project.
  4. ^ Inside Illinois Vol. 23, No. 9, Nov. 6, 2003,

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