Margaret Ann Boden, OBE, (born 26 November 1936) is Research Professor of cognitive science at the Department of informatics at the University of Sussex, where her work embraces the fields of artificial intelligence, psychology, philosophy, cognitive and computer science.
Early life and education
Boden was educated at the City of London School for Girls in the late 1940s and 1950s. At Newnham College, Cambridge, she took first class honours in medical sciences, achieving the highest score across all Natural Sciences. In 1957 she studied the history of modern philosophy at the Cambridge Language Research Unit run by Margaret Masterman.
Boden was appointed lecturer in philosophy at the University of Birmingham in 1959. She became a Harkness Fellow at Harvard University 1962-1964, then returned to Birmingham for a year before moving to a lectureship in philosophy and psychology at Sussex University in 1965, where she was later appointed as Reader then Professor. She was awarded a Ph.D. in social psychology(specialism: Cognitive Studies) by Harvard in 1968.
She credits reading "Plans and the structure of behaviour" (Miller) with giving her the realisation that computer programme approaches could be applied to the whole of psychology.
She was the founding Dean of the University of Sussex's School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences (COGS), precursor of the university's current Department of Informatics. Since 1997 she has been Research Professor of cognitive science at the Department of informatics, where her work encompasses the fields of artificial intelligence, psychology, philosophy, cognitive and computer science.
- Purposive Explanation in Psychology (Harvard University Press, 1972);
- Artificial Intelligence and Natural Man (1977/1987: 2nd edn., MIT Press), ISBN 978-0-262-52123-9
- Piaget (Fontana Modern Masters 1979; 2nd edn. Harper Collins, 1984);
- The Case for a Cognitive Biology. (In Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 54: 25–40, with Susan Khin Zaw, 1980);
- Minds and Mechanisms (Cornell University Press, 1981);
- Computer Models of Mind: Computational approaches in theoretical psychology (Cambridge University Press, 1988), ISBN 978-0-521-27033-5
- Artificial Intelligence in Psychology: Interdisciplinary Essays (MIT Press, 1989), ISBN 978-0-262-02285-9
- The Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, ed. (Oxford Readings in Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 1989/90), ISBN 978-0-19-875155-7
- The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms (Weidenfeld/Abacus & Basic Books, 1990; 2nd edn. Routldge, 2004), ISBN 978-0-415-31453-4
- Dimensions of Creativity, ed. (MIT Press, 1994);
- The Philosophy of Artificial Life, ed. Oxford University Press, 1996).
- Artificial Intelligence (Handbook of Perception and Cognition, 2nd Ed, Academic Press Inc., 1996), ISBN 978-0-12-161964-0
- Mind As Machine: a History of Cognitive Science, (2 volumes, Oxford University Press, 2006), ISBN 978-0-19-929237-0 / ISBN 978-0-19-924144-6. This generated public disagreement with Noam Chomsky.
- Boden was awarded an O.B.E. in 2001 for "services to cognitive science".
- Fellow (and former Vice-President) of the British Academy — and Chairman of their Philosophy Section until July 2002.
- Member of the Academia Europaea.
- Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).
- Fellow of the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI).
- Life Fellow of the UK's Society for Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour.
- Member of Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy.
- Former Vice-President (and Chairman of Council) of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
- In April 2004 she was awarded an Honorary Degree by the Open University as Doctor of the University.
- http://www.ruskin.tv/maggieb/ (Personal web site.)
- BBC Radio 4, October 2014, The Life Scientific - Margaret Boden
- Noam Chomsky Symposium on Margaret Boden, Mind as Machine: A History of Cognitive Science, Oxford (2006) two volumes. Reviewed in Artificial Intelligence Volume 171, Issue 18, (December 2007) Pages 1094-1103
- Prof. Maggie Boden, University of Sussex, Department of Informatics
- University of Sussex, Department of Informatics
- Critical review of Mind As Machine by Noam Chomsky
- Boden's reply to reviews by Feldman, Thagard, and Chomsky of Mind As Machine
- Downloadable 30 minute interview on BBC Radio Four The Life Scientific.