The Herbert Stoyan collection on LISP programming contains materials documenting the origins, evolution, and use of the LISP
programming language and many of its applications in artificial intelligence. Stoyan collected these materials during his
career as a researcher and professor, beginning in the former German Democratic Republic (Deutsche Demokratische Republik)
and moving to the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland) in 1981. Types of material collected by Stoyan
include memoranda, manuals, technical reports, published and unpublished papers, source program listings, computer media (tapes
and flexible diskettes), promotional material, and correspondence. The collection also includes manuscripts of several books
written by Stoyan and a small quantity of his personal papers.
Herbert Stoyan was born in 1943 in what was to become East Germany. Stoyan received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Technical
University Dresden in 1970 and joined an artificial intelligence (AI) group led by Egbert Lehmann at Robotron. Stoyan implemented
the LISP system that was used for all AI work in East Germany, working only from the book The Programming Language LISP: Its
Operation and Applications (see Bibliography below). In 1977 he became interested in LISP history; publishing a book on LISP
and its history in 1979. In 1981 he moved to West Germany and changed his career from industrial research to university teaching.
In 1986 he became Professor of Information Sciences at the University of Konstanz, in 1989 he became Professor of Interdisciplinary
Studies in Darmstadt, and in 1990 he became Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Erlangen. He published
papers on LISP history in 1984 and 1991 and a two-volume book Programmiermethoden der Künstlichen Intelligenz [Programming
Methods of Artificial Intelligence] in 1991. Stoyan retired in 2008.
105 linear feet
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