Seymour Papert

MIT mathematician, computer scientist, and educator

Seymour Aubrey Papert (29 February 1928, Pretoria, Union of South Africa – 31 July 2016, Maine, U.S.) was a groundbreaking mathematician, computer scientist, and educator.[1] He spent his career at MIT. He was an early leader in the field of artificial intelligence.[2] He is one of the founders of the constructivist movement in education. With Cynthia Solomon and Wally Feurzeig he invented the Logo Programing Language. He was co-director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab with Marvin Minsky. He advocated for computers in education as a tool for constructivist education. His work influenced many 21st-century thinkers in American education.[3]

Seymour Papert in 2006


  1. Langer, Emily (4 Aug 2016). "Seymour Papert, MIT professor who connected children with computers, dies at 88: The MIT scholar championed the PC as a tool to unlock a child's enthusiasm for learning". The Washington Post.
  2. Fisher, Arthur (Jan 1994). "The end of school?". Vol. 244, no. 1. Popular Science.
  3. Sachs, Jeffrey (17 Aug 2002). "The essential ingredient". New Scientist (Vol. 175, Issue 2356). {{cite journal}}: |issue= has extra text (help)