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Chris Langton

AKA Christopher Gale Langton

Born: 1948
Birthplace: Cambridge, MA

Gender: Male
Religion: Atheist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Biologist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Father of Artificial Life

"Artificial life is the study of man-made systems that exhibit behaviors characteristic of natural living systems. It complements the traditional biological sciences concerned with the analysis of living organisms by attempting to synthesize life-like behaviors within computers and other artificial media. By extending the empirical foundation upon which biology is based beyond the carbon-chain that has evolved on Earth, Artificial Life can contribute to theoretical biology by locating life-as-we-know-it within the larger picture of life-as-it-could-be."

Founder of the Swarm Corporation. Distinguished Expelee of the Santa Fe Institute.

Mother: Jane Gillson Langton (author, b. 30-Dec-1922)
Wife: (two sons)

    University: BA Anthropology and Philosophy, University of Arizona
    University: PhD Computer Science, University of Michigan (1991)
    Scholar: Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Scholar: Santa Fe Institute (expelled)

    The Third Culture

Author of books:
Artificial Life: An Overview (1995, editor)

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