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Dov Gabbay

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Dov M. Gabbay
Born (1945-10-26) October 26, 1945 (age 78)
EducationHebrew University (BSc, MSc, PhD)
Known forGabbay's separation theorem, foundations for non-monotonic reasoning in expert systems
AwardsForeign Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC)
Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (FAvH)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsKing's College London
Bar-Ilan University
University of Luxembourg
University of Manchester
Imperial College London
Université Paul Sabatier
Ashkelon Academic College
Thesis Non-classical Logics  (1969)
Doctoral advisorAzriel Lévy
Michael O. Rabin[1]

Dov M. Gabbay (/ɡəˈb/; born October 26, 1945) is an Israeli logician. He is Augustus De Morgan Professor Emeritus of Logic at the Group of Logic, Language and Computation, Department of Computer Science, King's College London.



Gabbay has authored over four hundred and fifty research papers and over thirty research monographs. He is editor of several international journals, and of many reference works and handbooks of logic, including the Handbook of Philosophical Logic (with Franz Guenthner), the Handbook of Logic in Computer Science] (with Samson Abramsky and T. S. E. Maibaum), and the Handbook of Logic in Artificial Intelligence and Logic Programming (with C.J. Hogger and J.A. Robinson).

He is well-known for pioneering work on logic in computer science and artificial intelligence, especially the application of (executable) temporal logics in computer science, in particular formal verification, the logical foundations of non-monotonic reasoning and artificial intelligence, the introduction of fibring logics and the theory of labelled deductive systems.

He is Chairman and founder of several international conferences, executive of the European Foundation of Logic, Language and Information and President of the International IGPL Logic Group. He is founder, and joint President of the International Federation of Computational Logic.[2][3] He is also one of the four founders and council member for many years of FoLLI, the Association of Logic, Language and Information, from which he is now retired. He remains a life member.

He is co-founder with Jane Spurr of College Publications, a not-for-profit, start-up academic publisher, intended to compete with major expensive publishers at affordable prices, and not requiring copyright assignment from authors.[4] A two volume Festschrift in his honor was published in 2005 by College Publications.[5]

Regular positions


Selected writings

  • Samson Abramsky, Dov M. Gabbay, T.S.E. Maibaum. Handbook of Logic in Computer Science, Vols.1-5. Clarendom Press, Oxford, 1992–2000.
  • Artur S. d'Avila Garcez, Luis C. Lamb, Dov Gabbay. Neural-Symbolic Cognitive Reasoning. Springer, 2009. ISBN 978-3540732457
  • Michael D. Fisher, Dov M. Gabbay, Lluis Vila (eds). Handbook of temporal reasoning in artificial intelligence. Elsevier, 2005.
  • Dov M. Gabbay: Theoretical foundations for non-monotonic reasoning in expert systems. In: Apt K.R. (ed) Logics and Models of Concurrent Systems. NATO ASI Series (Series F: Computer and Systems Sciences), vol 13. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 439–457, 1985.
  • Dov M. Gabbay (ed). What is a logical system? Studies in Logic and Computation, Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • Dov M. Gabbay. Labelled Deductive Systems, vol.1. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1996. ISBN 9780198538332
  • Dov M. Gabbay. Fibring Logics. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1998. ISBN 9780191590108
  • Dov M. Gabbay, Ian Hodkinson, Mark Reynolds: Temporal Logic: Mathematical Foundations and Computational Aspects, vol. 1. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1994. ISBN 978-0198537694
  • Dov M. Gabbay, Agi Kurucz, Frank Wolter, Michael Zakharyaschev: Many-dimensional modal logics: theory and applications. North-Holland, 2003.
  • Dov M. Gabbay, Amir Pnueli, Saharon Shelah, Jonathan Stavi. On the temporal analysis of fairness. POPL'80: Proceedings of the 7th SIGPLAN-SIGACT ACM Annual Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages, January, 1980, pages 163–173, ACM Press.
  • Dov M. Gabbay and John Woods. Agenda Relevance: A Study in Formal Pragmatics. North-Holland, 2003.
  • Ruth M. Kempson, Wilfried Meyer-Viol, Dov M. Gabbay: Dynamic syntax: The flow of language understanding Archived 27 May 2019 at the Wayback Machine. Blackwell, 2000. ISBN 978-0-631-17612-1


  1. ^ Dov Gabbay at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ "Official Website". 25 January 2019. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "College Publications - About Us". www.collegepublications.co.uk.
  5. ^ Sergei Artemov, Artur d'Avila Garcez, Luís C. Lamb, Howard Barringer and John Woods (2005). We Will Show Them! Essays in Honour of Dov Gabbay. Vol. 1, Vol. 2. London: International Federation for Computational Logic, College Publications. ISBN 9781904987123.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)