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Professor Emeritus Margaret Boden

Professor Margaret Boden

Professor Emeritus Margaret Boden OBE came to Sussex in 1965 as a lecturer in philosophy and psychology and has gone on to become a world authority in the field of artificial intelligence and creativity. Her notable works include Artificial Intelligence and Natural Man, which became a set text for the Open University, and The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms, which has been translated into many languages worldwide. Her latest books are Mind as Machine: A History of Cognitive Science (2 vols.) and Creativity and Art: Three Roads to Surprise.

She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1983 and was its vice-president between 1989 and 1991. She is also a Member of the Academia Europaea, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (and of its UK and European equivalents), and a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She served as vice-president and chairman of council of the Royal Institution of Great Britain from 1993-1995, and as a member of council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy from 2003-2010. She was a Major Scholar of Newnham College, Cambridge, and a Harkness Fellow (at Harvard Graduate School). She holds degrees in medical sciences, philosophy, and psychology- including an ScD from Cambridge and three honorary doctorates (from Sussex, Bristol, and the Open University).

She has lectured widely, to both specialist and general audiences, in North and South America, Europe, India, the USSR, and the Pacific. She has also appeared on many radio/TV programmes, in UK and elsewhere. Her work has been translated into twenty foreign languages. She was awarded an OBE in 2001 for "services to cognitive science". 

By: Jacqui Bealing
Last updated: Monday, 16 July 2012