Monty Newborn

McGill University

Monty Newborn is professor of computer science at McGill University and has kindly agreed to serve as moderator for our panel.

Newborn was the principal organizer, along with Ben Mittman, of the annual ACM Computer Chess Championship for over twenty years (1970 – 1991), beginning with the first, and has written extensively on computer chess, from both computer science and popular perspectives.

His research centers on chess-playing and automated theorem-proving programs. He has published seven books on these subjects and as well as many research papers.

Newborn served as chairman of the ACM Computer Chess Committee from 1981 until 1997. In that capacity he organized the first Kasparov versus Deep Blue match in 1996. The following year, he served as head of officials at the second Kasparov versus Deep Blue match, won by Deep Blue.

Through the 1970s and 1980s, his chess program Ostrich competed in five world championships, coming close to winning in 1974.

The Computer History Museum would also like to thank Professor Newborn for his support of its exhibit Mastering the Game: A History of Computer Chess.


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