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Frieder Schwenkel [1]

Frieder Schwenkel, (1933 - 2012) [2] [3]
was a German mathematician, computer scientist, and professor at University of Hamburg. He received his Ph.D. in 1966 on the semantic theory in programming languages at University of Tübingen where his advisors were Karl Longin Zeller and Hellmuth Kneser [4]. Already during the early 60s in Tübingen, along with his fellow Gerd Veenker, Frieder Schwenkel developed a particular interest in non-numeric computation such as game playing and theorem proving [5]. He was a strong chess player and early computer chess expert and promoter [6]. During the late 70s, he motivated his students Alexander Reinefeld, Manfred Allers, Dirk Hauschildt and Dieter Steinwender to work on computer chess and supported the development of Murks and MicroMurks. In 1982/83, along with Dieter Steinwender, Frieder Schwenkel played a correspondence chess game versus Belle [7].

Selected Publications

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External Links


  1. Grandmaster Ludek Pachman dies at 78 by Frederic Friedel, ChessBase News, March 12, 2003, Image from "In the above historical picture, taken on February 4, 1979, we see Prof. Frieder Schwenkel of the University Hamburg explaining the computer to GM Pachman"
  2. Hamburger Informatik-Forum: [HIForum Hamburger Informatik-Museum]
  3. Professors at Department of Informatics < FBI < MIN < UHH
  4. The Mathematics Genealogy Project - Frieder Schwenkel
  5. Wolfgang Bibel (2007). Early History and Perspectives of Automated Deduction. in Joachim Hertzberg, Michael Beetz, Roman Englert (Eds.) (2007). KI 2007: Advances in Artificial Intelligence: 30th Annual German Conference. LNAI 4467, Springer, pdf
  6. SCHACH: Computer bald Weltmeister? Der Spiegel 13/1979, March 26, 1979 (German) » Chess 4.8
  7. Schach der Schachmaschine by Wolfram Runkel, Zeit Online, September 24, 1982 (German)
  8. Alonzo Church (1975). Review: Frieder Schwenkel, Rekursive Wortfunktionen uber Unendlichen Alphabeten. Journal of Symbolic Logic, Vol. 40, No. 4
  9. CSVN supplement site 3

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