List of systems scientists

This is a list of systems scientists, people who made notable contributions in the field of the systems sciences:[1]








  • Murray Gell-Mann (1929–2019) is an American physicist and Nobel Prize winner in physics for his work on the theory of elementary particles.
  • Ralph Waldo Gerard (1900–1974) was an American neurophysiologist and behavioral scientist and one of the founders of the Society for General Systems Research.
  • Jamshid Gharajedaghi (c. 1940), American organizational theorist, management consultant, and Adjunct Professor of Systems thinking
  • Tom Gilb (1940) is an American systems engineer.
  • Harry H. Goode (1909–1960) was an American computer engineer and systems engineer and professor at University of Michigan. Until his death his was president of the National Joint Computer Committee (NJCC). He wrote the famous System Engineering Handbook together with Robert Engel Machol.
  • Brian Goodwin (1931) is a Canadian mathematician and biologist
  • Barbara J. Grosz is an American computer scientist who developed the SharedPlans model for collaborative planning in multi-agent systems


  • Arthur David Hall III (1925–2006) was an American electrical engineer. He worked for years at Bell Labs. He was one of the founders of the (IEEE) and was among the first general systems theorists. He wrote A methodology of Systems Engineering from 1962.
  • Stephen G. Haines (1945) is an American organizational theorist and management consultant.
  • Debora Hammond is an American historian of science and a systems scientist.
  • Albert Hanken (born 1926) Dutch mathematician and Emeritus Professor Systems theory at the University of Twente.
  • Friedrich Hayek (1899–1992) was a Nobel prize economist and a philosopher who made pioneering contributions to complexity theory. He notably wrote The Theory of Complex Phenomena (1967).
  • Francis Heylighen (1960) is a Belgian cybernetician working on self-organization and the evolution of complex systems
  • Derek Hitchins (1935) is a British systems engineer and was professor in engineering management, in command & control and in systems science at the Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, England.
  • John Henry Holland (1929) is an American pioneer in complex system and nonlinear science. He is known as the father of genetic algorithms.









  • Simon Ramo (1913) is an American physicist, engineer, and business leader.
  • Anatol Rapoport (1911–2007) was a Russian mathematician, psychologist and systems scientist. He is cofounder of the International Society for Systems Science.
  • Eberhardt Rechtin (1926–2006) was an American systems engineer and respected authority in aerospace systems and systems architecture.
  • Barry Richmond (1947–2002) was an American systems scientist,
  • Luis M. Rocha (1966) is a Portuguese-American systems thinker,
  • Robert Rosen (1943) is an American biologist and systems thinker



  • Arnold Tustin, (1899–1994), was a British engineer.
  • Jaan Tallinn (1972), co-developer of the original Skype distributed system, co-founder of the Future of Life Institute and Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, accredited/trained Physicist


  • Stuart A. Umpleby (1944) is an American cyberneticist working in the field of cross-cultural management, cybernetics, group facilitation methods, systems science and the use of computer networks.



  • John Nelson Warfield (1925-2009) was an American electrical engineering and systems scientist, and member of the Academic Committee of the International Encyclopedia of Systems and Cybernetics.
  • Kevin Warwick (1954) is a British Cybernetician with interests in artificial intelligence, robotics, control systems and biomedical engineering, especially implant technology.
  • Duncan J. Watts is an American professor of sociology
  • Paul Watzlawick (1921–2007),
  • Geoffrey West (1940) is a British physicist.
  • Douglas R. White (1942) is an American complexity researcher, social anthropologist and sociologist.
  • Brian Wilson is a British systems scientist, known for his development of Soft systems methodology.
  • Stephen Wolfram (1959) is English theorist known for his work in theoretical particle physics, cellular automata, complexity theory, and computer algebra.
  • A. Wayne Wymore (1927) is an American mathematician and systems engineer. Founder and first Chairman of Systems and Industrial Engineering (SIE) Department at the University of Arizona.
  • Warren Weaver (1894–1978) was an American mathematician and communication scientist.
  • Norbert Wiener (1894–1964) was an American mathematician and one of the founders of cybernetics.




  • Lotfi Asker Zadeh
  • Erik Christopher Zeeman (1925) is a Japanese-born British mathematician known for work in geometric topology and singularity theory.
  • Gerard de Zeeuw (1936) is a Dutch scientist and professor Mathematical modelling of complex social systems at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

See also


  1. This list is based on the following sources:
    • ASC cybernetics, A history of cybernetics, website 2007.
    • Charles François, Systemics and cybernetics in historical perspective, in: Systems Research and Behavioral Science, jaargang 16, p. 203–219, 1999
    • ISSS, Luminaries of the Systemics Movement Archived 2007-08-20 at the Wayback Machine, webpage, 2007/06/10.
    • Principia Cybernetica, list of cybernetic and systems scientists, website 2007.
    And further:
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