Danny Bobrow, 1935–2017
It is with deep sorrow that we report the passing of former AAAI President Danny Bobrow on March 20,
2017. Danny graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
then earned a Master's Degree from Harvard and a PhD in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the supervision of Marvin Minsky. He went on to become one of Silicon Valley’s defining figures in artificial intelligence, pioneering numerous systems starting with his doctoral
dissertation, STUDENT, and followed by the widely-used programming languages Logo and Interlisp;
the (innovative) operating system TENEX; the knowledge-sharing system Eureka; and more recently,
Powerset, the natural language search engine.
As AAAI’s President from 1989-1991, Bobrow was instrumental in establishing the AAAI Press, as well
as the AAAI Fellows program. He also served as president of the Cognitive Science Society and editor-in-chief of the Artificial Intelligence Journal. He was a recipient of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Software Systems Award and a fellow of both the ACM and AAAI. His family, friends, and
colleagues from the Palo Alto Research Center and around the world recently gathered at PARC to commemorate his life and work.