Marvin Minsky

Born: 9 August, 1927

Died: 24 January, 2016

Although Marvin Minsky is most well-known for his influence and leadership in the realm of artificial intelligence, for which he won the A.M. Turing Award in 1969, he also has other notable achievements and influences. He was a pioneer of robotics and telepresence, designing and building some of the first visual scanners and the first mechanical hands with tactile sensors. He invented and built the first Confocal Scanning Microscope. Outside of academia, Minsky also served as an advisor to Stanley Kubrick while working on the famous “2001: A Space Odyssey”, advising about computer graphics and computer speech. Victor Kaminsky, a character from the movie, is named in Minsky’s honor.