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The research professor of cognitive science at the University of Sussex,
Margaret Boden was the founding dean of Sussex’s School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences, a pioneering center for research on intelligence and the mechanisms underlying it. Her own research has been especially focused on the phenomena of purpose and creativity, and an early work, Artificial Intelligence and Natural Man (1977 and 1987), has become an academic classic. Educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she took first class honors in medical sciences and in the history of modern philosophy, she earned a Ph.D. in social psychology in 1968 from Harvard University, where she was a Harkness Fellow. Dr. Boden began her teaching career at the University of Birmingham and joined the philosophy faculty at Sussex in 1965. Named professor of philosophy and psychology in 1980, she was appointed to her present position in 2002. In 1979, she was sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as a visiting scientist in the Artificial Intelligence Group at Yale University. She has held the Nielsen Chair for Distinguished Scholars at Smith College and been an Erskine Visiting Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and a visiting professional fellow at the University of Technology in Sydney. Dr. Boden has delivered numerous invited lectures, including the Templeton Lecture at the University of Sydney, the Dacre Lecture at Peterhouse College, Cambridge, the Hagerstrom Lectures at the University of Uppsala, a Royal Institute of Philosophy Millennial Lecture, the Gramlich Lecture at Dartmouth University, and the Pufendorf Lecture at the University of Lund. She was awarded a Sc.D. (senior doctorate) by Cambridge and also holds three honorary doctorates—from the University of Sussex, the University of Bristol, and the Open University. In 2002, she was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for services to cognitive science. Dr. Boden is a fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Arts, and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, and a member of the Academia Europaea. The former president of Section X of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and the former honorary secretary of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science and of Analysis, she currently serves as a member of the advisory council of the International Institute for the Study of Consciousness. She is the co-founder of Harvester Press and has edited two series for Harvester, Studies in Cognitive Science and Studies in Philosophy, as well as editing the series Explorations in Cognitive Science for MIT Press. Dr. Boden serves on the editorial boards of eleven academic journals. In addition to publishing more than 240 papers in scholarly journals, she is the editor or co-editor of six books, including, most recently, (with Michael Wheeler and John Ziman) The Evolution of Cultural Entities (2002) and the author of six others (plus two collections of her papers). One, Piaget (1979 and 1985), has been translated into six languages and another, The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms (1990 and 2004), has been translated into seven. Her latest book, the two-volume Mind as Machine: A History of Cognitive Science, was published earlier this year by Oxford University Press.