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Walter, W Grey

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1910-1977) American-born neurophysiologist, cyberneticist and author, in the UK from 1915. He was a pioneer, between 1936 and 1956, of the development and use of electroencephalography in the UK; his early popular study, The Living Brain (1953), was influential in its time. In the late 1940s he constructed early Robots known as tortoises, capable of locating a recharging point when their batteries ran low, and of being "taught" through simple conditioned reflexes. His sf novel, Further Outlook (1956; vt The Curve of the Snowflake 1956), affords illustrative, fundamentally Optimistic views of future History up to 2056 CE through the use of a Time Machine. It makes ingenious use of the Koch snowflake curve, a genuine oddity of Mathematics having finite area but an infinite perimeter (not then termed, since the word had yet to be coined, a fractal). [JC/DRL]

Dr William Grey Walter

born Kansas City, Missouri: 19 February 1910

died Clifton, Bristol: 6 May 1977

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