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Norbert Wiener

Mathematician Norbert Wiener
MIT Museum

Profession: Mathematician

United States of America

Biography: Norbert Wiener was originally a child prodigy, later known for his work as a mathematician and as the founder of cybernetics—a term derived from the Greek word for ‘steersman.’

Cybernetics is the science of communication and control, whether in living things or machines. His particular contribution was the study of how feedback mechanisms can give rise to intelligent behavior.

Wiener further theorized that this could be used to create artificial intelligence, a seminal insight in the modern approach to the field.

Born: November 26, 1894
Birthplace: Columbia, Missouri, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: March 18, 1964 (aged 69)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

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