Gerard Salton

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Gerard SaltonName: Gerard (Gerry) Salton

Born: March 8, 1927 in Nuremberg, Germany

Death: August 28, 1995 (Age: 68)

Computer related contributions

  • Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University who was possibly the leading computer scientist working in the field of information retrieval during his time.
  • His group at Cornell developed the SMART Information Retrieval System, which he initiated when he was at Harvard.
  • Salton was best known for developing the now widely used Vector Space Model for information retrieval.


  • A Vector Space Model for Automatic Indexing (1975)
  • Automatic Text Processing (1989)
  • A Theory of Indexing. Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (1975)
  • Automatic Information Organization and Retrieval (1968)

Honors and awards

  • ACM Fellow (1995)
  • Award of Merit from the American Society for Information Science (1989)
  • SIGIR Award for outstanding contributions to study of information retrieval (1983)