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R. Duncan Luce

Born: May 16, 1925

Death: Aug 11, 2012

Birthplace: Scranton

Nationality: United States

R. Duncan Luce

Date of Birth : May 16, 1925
Date of Death : Aug 11, 2012
Birth Place : Scranton

Robert Duncan Luce was a renowned mathematician and social scientist, and one of the most preeminent figures in the field of mathematical psychology. At the end of his life, he held the position of Distinguished Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of California, Irvine. Luce received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1945, and PhD in Mathematics from the same university in 1950 under I. S. Cohen with thesis On Semigroups. He began his professorial career at Columbia University in 1954, where he was an assistant professor in mathematical statistics and sociology. Following a lecturership at Harvard University from 1957 to 1959, he became a professor at the University of Pennsylvania in 1959, and was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Professorship of Psychology in 1968. After visiting the Institute for Advanced Study beginning in 1969, he joined the UC Irvine faculty in 1972, but returned to Harvard in 1976 as Alfred North Whitehead Professor of Psychology and then later as Victor S. Thomas Professor of Psychology.

Also known as

  • Robert Duncan Luce

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Social Sciences, US & Canada
  • National Medal of Science for Behavioral and Social Science
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