Academic Family Tree
In the beginning of all that is known about mathematical genealogy, there were Theodorus Gazes (Universita de Mantova, 1433) and Jan Standonck (College Sainte-Barbe & Collège de Montaigu 1474, 1490). And Theodorus Gazes begat Rudolf Agricola, who begat Alexander Hegius. And Alexander Hegius and Jan Standonck together begat Erasmus. And among the descendants of Erasmus was Gottfried Leibniz. And among the descendants of Leibniz, in a line that includes Jacob Bernoulli and Leonhard Euler, was Marvin Minsky, one of the founders of Artificial Intelligence.
And Marvin Minsky (MIT)
Gerald Sussman (MIT), who begat
Drew McDermott (Yale), who begat
Ernie Davis (NYU), who begat
me (IBM). In turn, I begat
Lynn Andrea Stein (Olin College), who begat
Ian Horswill (Northwestern), Joanna Bryson (University of Bath), and Ellen Spertus (Mills College).
And Ian Horswill begat
Jon Handler (Afferent), Aaron Khoo (Microsoft), and Magy Seif El-Nasr (Simon Fraser University).
And Joanna Bryson begat
Emmanuel Tanguy (University of Bath).
Benjamin Kuipers, my academic great-great-uncle, traces Marvin Minsky's academic genealogy through two other lines: one that includes Leibniz's other advisor, Erhard Weigel (University of Leipzig, 1650), and one that includes Abraham Kastner and Carl Friedrich Gauss and goes back to Otto Mencke (University of Leipzig, 1665). .