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Daniel L. Drew ’49

Daniel L. Drew ’49, May 6, 2005, in California. Daniel received a BA from Reed in mathematics, and then spent a year at the University of Geneva, with an intention to study at the Sorbonne. Fulbright funding for his study did not come through, and he then went to Lobito, Angola, to oversee the building of a sawmill. This and other holdings failed in 1959, after which he returned to the U.S., and took a job at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in research and development, programming computers (the IBM 709). In 1963, he earned an MS in statistics at Stanford, and taught mathematics part time at several campuses, including at San Jose State College. In 1982, he became senior staff scientist at Lockheed Palo Alto Research Labs, and was a founding member of the Lockheed Artificial Intelligence Center. He described his research interest in 1989 as being a "somewhat heretical approach" to knowledge-based systems, a model-based reasoning, in which logic plays a secondary role. Daniel married and had one daughter.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2006

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