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While it is very common to see successful autodidact musicians, painters, authors and architects - I am not familiar with any famous autodidacts in the field of TCS. Are there any examples of an accomplished autodidact theoretical computer scientist (i.e., someone who published a significant paper, without ever going to grad school) ?

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    $\begingroup$ Two huge names in theory B (both Turing award winners) - Robin Milner en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Milner and Tony Hoare en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Hoare $\endgroup$ – Huck Bennett Feb 20 '12 at 7:13
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    $\begingroup$ @Suresh: Jeff Edmonds' CV says that he does: cse.yorku.ca/%7Ejeff/cv.pdf (Assuming that's the Jeff Edmonds you mean) $\endgroup$ – Huck Bennett Feb 20 '12 at 7:16
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    $\begingroup$ I don't see the point of the question. $\endgroup$ – Gopi Feb 20 '12 at 8:22
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    $\begingroup$ I think Suresh probably meant Jack Edmonds. Bob Floyd also had no Ph.D. $\endgroup$ – David Eppstein Feb 20 '12 at 8:33
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    $\begingroup$ Do you count people like Jacob Fox, Daniel Kane, and Mihai Patrascu, who published significant results years before they went to graduate school? $\endgroup$ – Jeffε Feb 20 '12 at 8:53
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In addition to some of the great people listed in the comments, Gregory Chaitin independently developed much of Kolmogorov complexity while he was a highschool student in New York city.

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