Michael A. Lieberman

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Michael A. Lieberman [1]

Michael A. Lieberman,
an American physicist, electrical engineer, and professor emeritus at University of California, Berkeley. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the MIT in 1962 and his Ph.D. degree from MIT in 1966. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at Berkeley in 1966, and his research areas are energy [2] and plasma-assisted materials processing. At MIT, Michael Lieberman was member of the "the chess group" headed by John McCarthy, along with Alan Kotok, Elwyn Berlekamp (1960), Charles Niessen and Robert A. Wagner. They wrote the chess program for the IBM 7090 [3] [4], which later evolved to the Kotok-McCarthy-Chess Program.


Quote from Alan Kotok's Oral History concering the development of a chess program under John McCarthy at MIT:

So there were a total of five people. There was the initial four were, besides me, Charles Niessen, Chuck Niessen, whose these days is some sort of director over at Lincoln Lab. And Mike Lieberman, who is on the faculty at Berkeley. And Elwyn Berlekamp, who is also Berkeley faculty, and fairly famous computer game theory person. Elwyn dropped out of this project at some point, and Bob Wagner, another so these were all sort of East Campus Model Railroad Club friends - and Bob Wagner is at, I think, University of North Carolina - what’s in Raleigh-Durham?

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