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Encyclopedia > W. Ross Ashby

William Ross Ashby (September 6, 1903, London, England - November 15, 1972) was a British psychiatrist and a pioneer in the study of complex systems. Despite being widely influential within cybernetics, systems theory and, more recently, complex systems, he is not nearly as well known as many of the notable scientists his work has influenced including Herbert Simon, Norbert Wiener, Ludwig von Bertalanffy and Stuart Kauffman.


From 1947 to 1959, Ashby was director of research at Barnwood House Hospital in Gloucester. From 1959 to 1960 he was Director of the Burden Neurological Institute. From 1960 to 1970 in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana. Ashby became a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatry in 1971.


See also: self-organization, systems theory


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  • Ashby's unpublished private notebooks. (http://www.ashbyarchive.info)

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William Ross Ashby - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (464 words)
William Ross Ashby (September 6, 1903, London - November 15, 1972) was an English psychiatrist and a pioneer in the study of complex systems.
From 1947 to 1959, Ashby was director of research at Barnwood House Hospital in Gloucester.
Ashby became a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatry in 1971.
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