John McCarthy (born September 4, 1927 in Boston, Massachusetts), is a prominent computer scientist whose major contributions to the field of artificial intelligence saw him receive the Turing Award in 1971. McCarthy invented the Lisp programming language, publishing its design in Communications of the ACM in 1960.

McCarthy received his B.S. in Mathematics from the California Institute of Technology in 1948, and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Princeton University in 1951.

He has retired and is now a Professor Emeritus at Stanford University.

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