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Taylor Lockwood Booth (September 22, 1933 – October 20, 1986) was a mathematician known for his work in automata theory.

Taylor Booth
Taylor Lockwood Booth

(1933-09-22)September 22, 1933
DiedOctober 20, 1986(1986-10-20) (aged 53)
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Connecticut
Known forSequential Machines and Automata Theory (1967)
AwardsIEEE Centennial Medal (1984)
Scientific career
FieldsMathematics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering

One of his fundamental works is Sequential Machines and Automata Theory (1967). It is a wide-ranging book meant for specialists, written for both theoretical computer scientists as well as electrical engineers. It deals with state minimization techniques, Finite state machines, Turing machines, Markov processes, and undecidability.



Booth studied at the University of Connecticut, where he received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.[1]

Professional careerEdit

At his alma mater Booth was professor at the "Computer Science and Engineering" department.[1]

He was the founder and director of the Computer Applications & Research Center (CARC) at the University of Connecticut's School of Engineering. In 1981 the center was created to support the school's growing need for centralized computing research and development services. After his death the center was renamed to Taylor L. Booth Center for Computer Applications and Research or in its shorter form the Booth Research Center. In 2002 the Booth Research Center (BRC) and the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), another center at the School of Engineering, merged into the Booth Engineering Center for Advanced Technology (BECAT).[1][2][3]

Booth was the first president of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board, Inc., meanwhile renamed to CSAB, Inc., which was founded in 1984.[1][4]

Awards and honorsEdit

Professor Booth received following awards and honors:[1]

Taylor L. Booth Education AwardEdit

After Booth's death, the IEEE Computer Society established the Taylor L. Booth Education Award, to keep his name in memory. The award is given annually for individuals with an "outstanding record in computer science and engineering education".[1][6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Tribute to Taylor L. Booth". IEEE-CS. Retrieved October 23, 2010.
  2. ^ "BECAT Overview and History". University of Connecticut. Archived from the original on 2010-06-22. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
  3. ^ "School of Engineering Annual report 2001-2002" (PDF). University of Connecticut. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
  4. ^ "IEEE Computer Society Marks 60th Anniversary". IEEE-CS. August 7, 2007. Retrieved October 23, 2010.
  5. ^ "Past Frederick Emmons Terman Award Winners". American Society for Engineering Education. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  6. ^ "Taylor L. Booth Education Award". IEEE-CS. Retrieved October 23, 2010.

External linksEdit

  • Taylor Booth (1967) Sequential Machines and Automata Theory, John Wiley and Sons, New York. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 67-25924.
  • partial list of works