Alan Kotok

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Alan Kotok at CSAIL in 2006 [1]

Alan Kotok, (November 9, 1941 – May 26, 2006)
was an American computer scientist, known for the Kotok-McCarthy-Chess Program [2] [3] [4], his work at Digital Equipment Corporation, and his contributions on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Between 1959 and 1962, while student under John McCarthy at MIT, Alan Kotok and his fellows Elwyn Berlekamp, Michael A. Lieberman, Charles Niessen and Robert A. Wagner wrote a chess program for the IBM 7090. Based on Alex Bernstein's 1957 program and routines by McCarthy and Paul W. Abrahams, they added alpha-beta pruning to minmax, at McCarthy's suggestion. The Kotok-McCarthy-Program was written in Fortran and FAP, the IBM 7090 macro assembler.

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  1. Alan Kotok at CSAIL in 2006, Alan Kotok from Wikipedia
  2. Alan Kotok (1962). Artificial Intelligence Project - MIT Computation Center: Memo 41 - A Chess Playing Program. pdf
  3. Forty five years ago by Steven Edwards, CCC, May 01, 2007
  4. Michael Brudno (2000). Competitions, Controversies, and Computer Chess, pdf
  5. Alan Kotok died at his home in Cambridge, apparently from a heart attack, on May 26, 2006, eleven days after the PDP-1 Celebration Event

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