Influential South African computer scientist Seymour Papert died at his home in Maine over the weekend. Papert was highly influential in several projects that opened up computer programming to children. He co-created the Logo programming language, and he was influential in the development of the One Laptop Per Child initiative and Lego Mindstorms.
Born February 29, 1928, in Pretoria, South Africa, Papert earned doctorates at the University of Witwatersrand and Cambridge University. He spent much of his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was co-director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Papert was also an early proponent of “constructionist learning,” a theory that says children learn best when they are helping to direct their own projects.