Lotfi A Zadeh (Mathematician) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Lotfi A. Zadeh

Lotfi Aliasker Zadeh was a mathematician, computer scientist, electrical engineer, artificial intelligence researcher and professor emeritus of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. Zadeh was best known for proposing fuzzy mathematics consisting of these fuzzy-related concepts: fuzzy sets, fuzzy logic, fuzzy algorithms, fuzzy semantics, fuzzy languages, fuzzy control, fuzzy systems, fuzzy probabilities, fuzzy events, and fuzzy information. Zadeh was a founding member of the Eurasian Academy.

Born: Lotfi Aliasker Zadeh, February 4, 1921, Baku, Azerbaijan SSR
Died: September 6, 2017, Berkeley, California, US
Fields: Math, Electrical Engineering, AI
Institutions: UC-Berkeley
Alma mater: University of Tehran, MIT, Columbia University
Thesis: Frequency analysis of variable networks (1949)
Doctoral students: Joseph Goguen
Known for: Founder of fuzzy mathematics, fuzzy set theory, and fuzzy logic, Z numbers, Z-transform
Notable awards: Eringen Medal (1976), IEEE Hamming Medal (1992), Rufus Oldenburger Medal (1993), IEEE Medal of Honor (1995), 2012 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award, Honorary Doctorate of Tehran University (2016), ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow, AAAI Fellow, Member of the National Academy of Engineering, Founding Member of Eurasian Academy

About Lotfi A Zadeh

Azerbaijani mathematician, engineer and computer scientist who introduced the concept of so-called “fuzzy” mathematics. He is a professor emeritus of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Before Fame

He moved with his family to Iran at age ten and placed third in the country’s national university exams.


He has received many awards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, including the Richard W. Hamming Medal.

Family Life

He married a woman named Fay and has children named Stella and Norman.


He and biochemist Wendell Stanley have both taught at the University of California, Berkeley.

Information related to Lotfi A. Zadeh

  • Soviet emigrants to Iran
  • Alborz High School alumni
  • Azerbaijani mathematicians
  • Iranian electrical engineers
  • Burials at Alley of Honor
  • Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award recipients
  • Iranian Azerbaijani academics
  • Systems scientists
  • Azerbaijani academics
  • IEEE Medal of Honor recipients
  • Iranian expatriate academics
  • Control theorists
  • American logicians
  • Soviet Azerbaijani people
  • Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science alumni
  • University of Tehran alumni
  • Artificial intelligence researchers
  • Iranian emigrants to the United States
  • Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery

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Latest information about Lotfi A Zadeh updated on September 05, 2020.

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