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Douglas R. Hofstadter

College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science

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Contact Information

dughof [at]
(812) 855-6964

Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition
512 North Fess Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408


Other Titles and Honors

  • Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, 1980 (for Gödel, Escher, Bach)
  • National Book Award (Science), 1980 (for Gödel, Escher, Bach)
  • Pôlya Prize of the American Mathematical Association, 1980 (for the article "Analogies and Metaphors to Explain Gödel's Theorem")
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology, 2007 (for I Am a Strange Loop)
  • Elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2009
  • Elected a member of the American Philosophical Society, 2009
  • Elected a Distinguished Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society, 2010
  • Elected a member of the Royal Society of Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden, 2010
  • Named Docteur Honoris Causa, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, 2011
  • Awarded the Laurea ad Honorem, University of Bologna, 2013


  • Ph.D. in Physics at University of Oregon, 1975
  • M.S. in Physics at University of Oregon, 1972
  • B.S. in Mathematics, with distinction at Stanford University, 1965

Research Areas

  • Computational models of human thought (especially analogy-making)
  • Philosophy of mind and of consciousness
  • Literary translation
  • Discovery in mathematics and physics
  • Creativity in art and music

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