Thomas K. Landauer (1933- 2014)
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Robert A. Bjork, University of California, Los Angeles
Thomas K. Landauer, one of the most creative and innovative cognitive scientists of his generation, died on March 26, 2014, at age 81. After a PhD at Harvard, Tom held faculty positions at Dartmouth, Stanford, and Princeton before spending 25 years at Bell Laboratories and Bellcore, where he created one of the first research programs in human-computer interaction. After returning to the University of Colorado, his undergraduate alma mater, Tom carried out his seminal work on Latent Semantic Analysis and founded Knowledge Analysis Technologies, reflecting his desire to turn research into real-world products. For more on Tom’s life and how his wit, wisdom, and insights inspired so many of us, see http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailycamera/obituary.aspx?pid=170505204, written by his wife, Lynn, and http://www.colorado.edu/ics/2014/04/21/memoriam-thomas-k-landauer-1932-2014. (Robert A. Bjork, University of California, Los Angeles, February 11, 2015.)
The Psychonomic Society Informs Members of the Recent Passing of our Scientific Colleagues
With the advent of the Psychonomic Society’s new website, the Governing Board has decided to make a place to convey the important, but somber news of the death of members of our society and others who were intellectually close to our members.
Our intention is to publish a short obituary here of no more than 125 words that includes a link to a longer obituary that appears elsewhere. We will only publish one obituary for each scientist. If you know of the recent passing of a member, please email Lynne Reder at Reder@cmu.edu with that information.