10 Facts About Alonzo Church


Alonzo Church was an American mathematician, computer scientist, logician, and philosopher who made major contributions to mathematical logic and the foundations of theoretical computer science.


Alongside his doctoral student Alan Turing, Church is considered one of the founders of computer science.


Alonzo Church was born on June 14,1903, in Washington, DC, where his father, Samuel Robbins Church, was a Justice of the Peace and the judge of the Municipal Court for the District of Columbia.


Alonzo Church published his first paper on Lorentz transformations in 1924 and graduated the same year with a degree in mathematics.


Alonzo Church stayed at Princeton for graduate work, earning a Ph.


Alonzo Church was a Plenary Speaker at the ICM in 1962 in Stockholm.


Alonzo Church received honorary Doctor of Science degrees from Case Western Reserve University in 1969, Princeton University in 1985, and the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York in 1990 in connection with an international symposium in his honor organized by John Corcoran.


Alonzo Church was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 1966, to the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences in 1967, to the National Academy of Sciences in 1978.


Alonzo Church died on August 11,1995 at the age of 92.


Alonzo Church and Turing then showed that the lambda calculus and the Turing machine used in Turing's halting problem were equivalent in capabilities, and subsequently demonstrated a variety of alternative "mechanical processes for computation".