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John McCarthy

Data de nascimento: 4. Setembro 1927
Data de falecimento: 24. Outubro 2011

John McCarthy foi um cientista da computação estadunidense.

Conhecido pelos estudos no campo da inteligência artificial e por ser o criador da linguagem de programação Lisp. Recebeu o Prêmio Turing de 1972 e a Medalha Nacional de Ciências dos Estados Unidos de 1991.

Citações John McCarthy

„It's difficult to be rigorous about whether a machine really 'knows', 'thinks', etc., because we're hard put to define these things. We understand human mental processes only slightly better than a fish understands swimming.“

—  John McCarthy

" The Little Thoughts of Thinking Machines", Psychology Today, December 1983, pp. 46–49. Reprinted in Formalizing Common Sense: Papers By John McCarthy, 1990, ISBN 0893915351

„He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense.“

—  John McCarthy


„When there's a will to fail, obstacles can be found.“

—  John McCarthy

John McCarthy (1983), quoted in The Sayings of John McCarthy, at, March 1, 2007. Also quoted in Keith Cary Curtis (1996) After the Software Wars. p. 167

„One can even conjecture that Lisp owes its survival specifically to the fact that its programs are lists, which everyone, including me, has regarded as a disadvantage.“

—  John McCarthy

John McCarthy, " History of Lisp," 12 February 1979; republished at

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