Seymour Papert

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Seymour PapertName: Seymour Papert

Born: February 29, 1928 in Pretoria, South Africa

Death: July 31, 2016 (Age: 88)

Computer related contributions

  • Computer scientist, MIT mathematician and educator.
  • One of the pioneers of artificial intelligence.
  • Inventor of the Logo programming language.


  • The Connected Family: Bridging the Digital Generation Gap (1996)
  • The Children's Machine: Rethinking School in the Age of the Computer (1993)
  • Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas (1980)
  • Counter-free automata (1971)
  • Perceptrons (1969)

Honors and awards

  • Smithsonian Award from Computerworld (1997)
  • Software Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award (1994)
  • Marconi International fellowship (1981)
  • Guggenheim fellowship (1980)
  • Called by Marvin Minsky "the greatest living mathematics educator."


"The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge."