|WORKED AT:||Institute for Advanced Study; IBM; University of Michigan|
|OTHER INFORMATION:||B.S. Physics (1950) MIT; M.A. (1951) and Ph.d. (1955),
Physics, Columbia University. Worked on the Neumann computer
project at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study,
1953-55; research mathematician, IBM, 1955-1964; Univ. of
Michigan, 1965-1989. Consultant to a wide variety of
Kochen believed that "authoritative, accurate, easy to access, and easy to understand information could some day be provided to anyone who sought it on almost any topic of interest. He saw collaboration as the key to solving many large problems--in this saw an opportunity for efficient and effective communication by personal networking, avoiding the slow established organizational channels that often separate us" (In Memoriam).
At IBM, he analyzed information needs of scientists and
also studied and evaluated information systems. He was
professor of information science in the University of
Michigan Mental Health Research Institute (MHRI) from 1965
until his death in 1989. Kochen wrote more than 8 books
and numerous articles relating to information science,
for Action and The Growth of Knowledge.
For additional biographical information see: Garfield, E.
(1989), Manfred Kochen: In memory of an Information
Scientist Pioneer qua World Brainist. Current Comments,
No. 25, June 19, 1989. Online copy at:
A bibliometric evaluation of his work is: Lancaster, F.W.
Bushur, S. & Low, Y.M. (1993), "Kochen's influence
examined bibliometrically." Library Trends, Spring93, Vol.
41, p549- 566; 18p,1993, 18p
Also: DeBeer, C.S. & Roux, P.J.A. "Manfred Kochen and the growth, integration, and fragmentation of knowledge." South African Journal of Library & Information Science, September 1993, Vol. 61, p101- 108; 8p,1993, 8p
|INCLUDES:||Only limited information in the IBM Archives. See separate IBM entry.|
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