Regarding the MYCIN expert system, I found some contradicting accounts on the role of Edward Feigenbaum in its development.

  1. This and this articles cite Edward Shortliffe as the original developer of MYCIN, without any reference to Edward Feigenbaum.

    It was written in Lisp as the doctoral dissertation of Edward Shortliffe under the direction of Bruce G. Buchanan, Stanley N. Cohen and others.

    He was the principal developer of the clinical expert system MYCIN, one of the first rule-based artificial intelligence expert systems, ...

  2. This interview with Edward Feigenbaum says MYCIN was developed as the Ph.D. thesis project of Ted (Edward) Shortliffe.

    For example, MYCIN was the Ph.D. thesis project of Ted Shortliffe, which turned out to be a very powerful knowledge-based system for diagnosing blood infections and recommending their antibiotic therapies.

  3. This and this cite Edward Feigenbaum as the main developer or advisor.

    Experience with DENDRAL informed the creation of Feigenbaum’s next expert system, MYCIN, which assisted physicians in diagnosing blood infections.

    After their work on chemical structures, Feigenbaum’s laboratory went on to develop expert-system programs in medicine (MYCIN, PUFF, ONCOCIN), molecular genetics (MOLGEN), X-ray crystallography (CHRYSALIS), and analysis of pulmonary function (PUFF).

Apparently, Edward Shortliffe was the main developer of MYCIN, according to #1, #2, and (partly) #3. The role of Edward Feigenbaum, however, seems unclear.

Could someone clarify the role of Edward Feigenbaum in the MYCIN project?

I tried to find some record that shows he was the advisor of the project or Edward Shortliffe was in his lab, but I couldn't yet.


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