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Old 25th October 2011
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Default Father of Lisp and AI John McCarthy has died

From http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/10...mccarthy_dies/

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Stanford University has confirmed that John McCarthy, the inventor of the LISP programming language and one of the pioneers of artificial intelligence (AI), has died at the age of 84.

Among developers, McCarthy may be best known as the inventor of Lisp, which he devised in 1958 while at MIT and published in the seminal work "Recursive Functions of Symbolic Expressions and Their Computation by Machine, Part I.” Lisp was originally developed for AI applications, but was quickly adopted by the industry, gained enormous popularity among developers, and is still in use today as part of Common Lisp and Scheme.
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RIP John McCarthy.
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Another sad day for Humanity.
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Why a sad say? He was older than most of us will ever be, he died a "peaceful" death, and in life achieved more than I can ever hope to achieve.

We should be happy for him!
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...and in life achieved more than I can ever hope to achieve.
It would be fitting if the inscription on his tombstone simply displayed:

(John McCarthy)

With all due respect. Lisp is wickedly cool.
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Why a sad say? He was older than most of us will ever be, he died a "peaceful" death, and in life achieved more than I can ever hope to achieve.

We should be happy for him!
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You are actually 100% right. That is the way I was brought up to think about the death. In stead of being sad about him that we should celebrate his work. His ideas are definitely as alive as they were half a century ago.
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While I agree with CS and ocicat, it seems to be a time for losing living legends :'(.
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