Nils Aall Barricelli

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Nils Aall Barricelli
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Born (1912-01-24)January 24, 1912
Died January 27, 1993(1993-01-27) (aged 81)
Nationality Norwegian-Italian
Occupation mathematician

Nils Aall Barricelli (24 January 1912 – 27 January 1993) was a Norwegian-Italian mathematician.

Barricelli's early computer-assisted experiments[1] in symbiogenesis and evolution are considered pioneering in artificial life research. Barricelli, who was independently wealthy, held an unpaid residency at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey in 1953, 1954, and 1956.[2][3] He later worked at the University of California, Los Angeles, at Vanderbilt University (until 1964), in the Department of Genetics of the University of Washington, Seattle (until 1968) and then at the Mathematics Institute of the University of Oslo. Barricelli published in a variety of fields including virus genetics,[4] DNA, theoretical biology, space flight, theoretical physics and mathematical language.[5]


  1. ^ Barricelli, Nils Aall (1962). "Numerical testing of evolution theories : Part I Theoretical introduction and basic tests". Acta Biotheoretica. 16 (1–2): 69–98. doi:10.1007/BF01556771.
  2. ^ Dyson, George. 1997. Darwin Among the Machines. Reading, MA: Helix Books, p. 111
  3. ^ Dyson, George. 2012. Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe. Pantheon Books, Chapter 6, p. 225
  4. ^ "Meet the Father of Digital Life", June 12, 2014, Robert Hackett, Nautilus magazine
  5. ^ Gulliksen, Tor. 1997. Email to George Dyson. The Reality Club on Darwin Among the Machines.

External links

  • George Dyson TED talk discusses Barricelli
  • Barricelli : Built with Processing and Processing.js, by Alexander R. Gallow.

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