Portrait of Ross Ashby

Ross Ashby

Psychiatrist and Cybernetician
September 6, 1903 – November 15, 1972

W. Ross Ashby was an English psychiatrist and a pioneer in cybernetics, the study of the science of communications and automatic control systems in both machines and living things. His two books, Design for a Brain and An Introduction to Cybernetics, introduced exact and logical thinking into the brand new discipline of cybernetics and were highly influential, making these "missionary works" along with his technical contributions "the major theoretician of cybernetics after Norbert Wiener".

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