Marvin Minsky, professor emeritus of the Media Lab, was known as the "father of artificial intelligence" through his work at MIT's CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory), which he co-founded in 1959. He died Sunday, January 24, of a cerebral hemorrhage, at 88 years of age.
His obituary is available on MIT News: Marvin Minsky, “father of artificial intelligence,” dies at 88
Minsky's worldwide influence is easily seen by the amount of media coverage:
The New York Times, January 25, 2016: Marvin Minsky, Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 88
MIT Media Lab, January 27: Marvin Minsky 1927-2016
MIT News, January 25, 2016: Marvin Minsky, “father of artificial intelligence,” dies at 88
The Boston Globe, January 25, 2016: Marvin Minsky, 88; MIT professor helped found field of artificial intelligence
The Washington Post, January 26, 2016: Marvin Minsky, an architect of artificial intelligence, dies at 88
Tech Review, January 26, 2016: What Marvin Minsky Still Means for AI
The Christian Science Monitor, January 26, 2016: How Marvin Minsky revolutionized artificial intelligence
Wired, January 26, 2016: We Asked a Robot to Write an Obit for AI Pioneer Marvin Minsky
The Edge, January 26, 2016: Remembering Minsky
The Jerusalem Post, May 13, 2014: For artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky, computers have soul
A celebration of Minsky’s life will be held at the MIT Media Lab later this year.