Awards & Winners

Herbert Simon

Date of Birth 15-June-1916
Place of Birth Milwaukee
(Wisconsin, United States of America, Area code 414)
Nationality United States of America, Germany
Also know as Herbert Alexander Simon, Herbert A Simon
Profession Scientist, Economist, Psychologist, Political Science
Herbert Alexander Simon was an American political scientist, economist, sociologist, psychologist, and professor—most notably at Carnegie Mellon University—whose research ranged across the fields of cognitive psychology, cognitive science, computer science, public administration, economics, management, philosophy of science, sociology, and political science. With almost a thousand very highly-cited publications, he was one of the most influential social scientists of the twentieth century. Simon was among the founding fathers of several of today's important scientific domains, including artificial intelligence, information processing, decision-making, problem-solving, attention economics, organization theory, complex systems, and computer simulation of scientific discovery. He coined the terms bounded rationality and satisficing, and was the first to analyze the architecture of complexity and to propose a preferential attachment mechanism to explain power law distributions. He also received many top-level honors later in life. These include: becoming a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1959; election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1967; the ACM's Turing Award for making "basic contributions to artificial intelligence, the psychology of human cognition, and list processing"; the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics "for his pioneering research into the decision-making process within economic organizations"; the National Medal of Science; and the APA's Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology.

Awards by Herbert Simon

Check all the awards nominated and won by Herbert Simon.


National Medal of Science for Behavioral and Social Science
(For his fundamental contributions to our understanding of human problem-solving behavior and decisionmaking, particularly in organizations.)


Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
(for his pioneering research into the decision-making process within economic organizations)


Turing Award
(for their basic contributions to artificial intelligence and the psychology of human cognition)