Awards & Winners

Stephen Cole Kleene

Date of Birth 05-January-1909
Place of Birth Hartford
(United States of America, Connecticut, Hartford County, Area code 959, Area code 860, Area codes 860 and 959)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as S.C. Kleene
Profession Mathematician, Computer Scientist
Stephen Cole Kleene was an American mathematician. One of many distinguished students of Alonzo Church, Kleene, along with Alan Turing, Emil Post, and others, is best known as a founder of the branch of mathematical logic known as recursion theory, which subsequently helped to provide the foundations of theoretical computer science. Kleene's work grounds the study of which functions are computable. A number of mathematical concepts are named after him: Kleene hierarchy, Kleene algebra, the Kleene star, Kleene's recursion theorem and the Kleene fixpoint theorem. He also invented regular expressions, and made significant contributions to the foundations of mathematical intuitionism. Kleene pronounced his last name KLAY-nee. Commonplace mispronunciations include and.

Awards by Stephen Cole Kleene

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National Medal of Science for Mathematics and Computer Science
(For his leadership in the theory of recursion and effective computability and for developing it into a deep and broad field of mathematical research.)