Herbert Gelernter was a professor emeritus in the Computer Science Department of Stony Brook University.[1]

Short biography

Gelernter studied for his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester in 1957.[1][2] He implemented, with Nathaniel Rochester, a computer language for list processing within FORTRAN. The work for this was done, in fact, with Carl Gerberich at IBM, to this end producing the Fortran list processing language (FLPL).[3] His most ambitious project during his tenure at Stony Brook University was the SYNCHEM expert problem-solving system for the discovery of potential routes to the total synthesis of organic molecules through a self-guided intelligent search and application of its large knowledge base of graph transforms, rules and sophisticated heuristics representing generalized organic reactions organized around recognized functional groups. Prof. Gelernter died on May 28, 2015. His sons are geneticist and Yale professor Joel Gelernter and computer scientist/reactionary social critic David Gelernter.[4]

Further reading


  1. ^ a b "Stony Brook University". Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  2. ^ The two-nucleon interaction at high energies and the Lévy potential University of Rochester. Dept. of Physics., (1957)- 260 pages retrieved 18:03(GMT) 26 October 2011
  3. ^ LISP prehistory John McCarthy Jul 26th 22:37 PDT 1996 retrieved 17:48(GMT) 26 October 2011 [see also: Lisp (programming language) and John McCarthy
  4. ^ For a remembrance see "A Life That Made Sense," by David Gelernter, The Weekly Standard, September 7, 2015, at 5.