Douglas Hofstadter

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Douglas Richard Hofstadter

Name: Douglas Richard Hofstadter

Born: February 15, 1945, in New York City, USA

Computer-related contributions

  • American author, professor and cognitive scientist.
  • Research emphasis on the sense of "I", consciousness, analogy-making, artistic creation, literary translation, and discovery in mathematics and physics.
  • Known for winning the Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction for his book Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (1979).

Significant publications

  • Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking (2013).
  • That Mad Ache (2009).
  • I Am a Strange Loop (2007).
  • Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (1979).

Honors and awards

  • Pulitzer Prize.
  • National Book Award.
  • Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2009).


"Many people believe that our lives end not when we die but when the very last person who knew us dies. Memory is part of it, yes, but I think it's much more than memory."