William A. Martin
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William Arthur Martin
|Doctoral advisor||Marvin Minsky|
After graduating from Northwest Classen High School, where he was a state wrestling champion, he attended MIT where he received a bachelor's degree (1960), master's (1962) and a Ph.D. (1967) in electrical engineering under supervision of Marvin Minsky with a dissertation on "Symbolic Mathematical Laboratory". While obtaining those degrees, he worked as a teaching assistant at MIT (beginning in 1960). He became an assistant professor in 1968 and was promoted to associate professor of electrical engineering in 1972. In 1975, he received academic tenure. He held a joint appointment at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
After finishing a Ph.D. dissertation on symbolic mathematics, Martin co-founded the Macsyma project in 1968 and directed it until 1971. Macsyma later became a successful commercial product and is also the core of the free Maxima system.
- Martin, William A. (1966). Symbolic Mathematical Laboratory (Ph.D. thesis). M.I.T. Project MAC TR-36.
- Penfield, Jr., Paul (August 1, 2000). "William Arthur Martin". MIT EECS Great Educator Awards. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved June 13, 2011.
- Obituary from Tech Talk
- "William Martin - The Mathematics Genealogy Project". www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu. Retrieved 2019-08-20.
- "Students of Marvin Minsky". web.media.mit.edu. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
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