|Woodrow Wilson Bledsoe|
|Born||November 12, 1921|
|Died||October 4, 1995(aged 73)|
|Cause of death||ALS|
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley|
|Spouse(s)||Virginia (née Norgaard)|
|Children||Margaret, Greg, Pam, Lance|
|Thesis||Separative Measures for Topological Spaces (1953)|
|Doctoral advisor||Anthony Perry Morse|
|Doctoral students||Robert S. Boyer|
Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Bledsoe (November 12, 1921 – October 4, 1995) was a mathematician, computer scientist, and prominent educator. He is one of the founders of artificial intelligence, making early contributions in pattern recognition and automated theorem proving. He continued to make significant contributions to AI throughout his long career.
Beginning in 1966, he worked at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Texas at Austin, holding the Peter O'Donnell Jr. Centennial Chair in Computing Science starting in 1987.:723
Bledsoe joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an adult, and served in the church as a Bishop, counselor to the Stake Presidency, and Stake Patriarch. He also served as a leader in the Boy Scouts of America. Bledsoe died on October 4, 1995 of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
- Boyer, Anne Olivia; Boyer, Robert S. (1991). "A Biographical Sketch of W. W. Bledsoe". In Boyer, Robert S. Automated Reasoning: Essays in Honor of Woody Bledsoe. Kluwer Academic Publishers Group. pp. 1–29. CiteSeerX 10.1.1.57.3396.
- W.W. Bledsoe (1977). "Non-Resolution Theorem Proving". Artificial Intelligence. 9: 1–35. doi:10.1016/0004-3702(77)90012-1.
- W.W. Bledsoe; I. Browning (1959). "Pattern Recognition and Reading by Machine". Papers Presented at the December 1–3, 1959, Eastern Joint IRE-AIEE-ACM Computer Conference. IRE-AIEE-ACM '59 (Eastern). ACM: 225–232. doi:10.1145/1460299.1460326.
- Woody Bledsoe (1986). "I Had a Dream: AAAI Presidential Address, 19 August 1985". AI Magazine. 7 (1): 57–61.
- W.W. Bledsoe (1966). "Some Results on Multicategory Pattern Recognition". J. ACM. 13 (2): 304–316. doi:10.1145/321328.321340.
- W.W. Bledsoe (1971). "Splitting and Reduction Heuristics in Automatic Theorem Proving" (PDF). Artif. Intell. 2 (1): 55–77. doi:10.1016/0004-3702(71)90004-x.
- W.W. Bledsoe (Sep 1975). "A New Method for Proving Certain Presburger Formulas". Proc. IJCAI (PDF). pp. 15–21.
- W.W. Bledsoe (1977). "Non-Resolution Theorem Proving". Artificial Intelligence. 9: 1–35. doi:10.1016/0004-3702(77)90012-1. — Preceding technical report ATP29 (Sep.1975)
- W.W. Bledsoe and Kenneth Kunen and Robert E. Shostak (1985). "Completeness Results for Inequality Provers". Artif. Intell. 27 (3): 255–288. doi:10.1016/0004-3702(85)90015-3. — Preceding technical report ATP65 (1983)
- Jean-Louis Lassez; Gordon Plotkin, eds. (1991). Computational Logic — Essays in Honor of Alan Robinson. Cambridge/MA: MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-12156-5.
- Memorial Resolution – Woodrow W. Bledsoe
- "UT science pioneer `Woody' Bledsoe dies". Austin American-Statesman. October 6, 1995. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- Michael Ballantyne, Robert S. Boyer and Larry Hines. "Woody Bledsoe: His Life and Legacy" AI Magazine, Vol. 17. No. 1, pp. 7–20, Spring 1996, American Association for Artificial Intelligence.
- W.W. Bledsoe's publications at DBLP
- W.W. Bledsoe at the chess programming wiki
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