Thomas Landauer

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Dr. Thomas K. Landauer (April 25, 1932 – March 26, 2014) was a Professor Emeritus at the Department of Psychology of the University of Colorado.[1][2] He received his doctorate in 1960 from Harvard University, and also held academic appointments at Harvard, Dartmouth College, Stanford University and Princeton University. During his 25-year tenure as Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs and its successors, where he was the manager of an information science and human-computer interaction research group, he was one of the pioneers of Latent semantic analysis.[3] His publications include:

In 1998, Landauer became the founding President of Knowledge Analysis Technologies (KAT), founded to commercialize his work in automated essay scoring and related technologies, based on latent semantic analysis. KAT was acquired in 2004 by Pearson Education, where Landauer continued to serve as Executive Vice President until his death.[7]


  1. ^ "Thomas K. Landauer : Obituary". Daily Camera (through April 6, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-28.
  2. ^ Who's who in Frontiers of Science and Technology. Marquis Who's Who, Inc. 1985. p. 284. ISBN 0837957028.
  3. ^ "In Memory Of... Thomas K. Landauer". FABBS Foundation. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  4. ^ Landauer, Thomas K. (1995). The Trouble with Computers: Usefulness, Usability, and Productivity. MIT Press. ISBN 0262621088. the trouble with computers.
  5. ^ Psychology: a brief overview. McGraw-Hill. 1972. ISBN 0070361134. Thomas K. Landauer.
  6. ^ Landauer, Thomas K.; McNamara, Danielle S.; Dennis, Simon; et al., eds. (2013). Handbook of Latent Semantic Analysis. Psychology Press. ISBN 978-1135603281.
  7. ^ "Pearson Education Acquires Company Founded By CU Researchers". University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office. July 6, 2004.