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.

Significant publications

  • 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."