Arthur Samuel

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Arthur SamuelName: Arthur L. Samuel

Born: 1901 in Emporia, Kansas

Death: July 29, 1990 (Age: 89)

Computer-related contributions

  • Known for his work and programming in computer gaming and artificial intelligence.
  • Developed the Samual checkers-playing program, thought to be the worlds first self-learning program. It is an early demonstration of the fundamental concept of artificial intelligence (AI), using one of the first software hash tables.
  • Influential in the use of transistors in computers at IBM.

Honors and awards

  • Computer Pioneer Award (1987).