Edwin Roger Banks

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Edwin Roger Banks
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Alma mater Vanderbilt, MIT

Edwin Roger Banks is a computer scientist who was associated with the MIT group. In 1971, he constructed Banks-I, a two-state cellular automaton and one of the first simulated models of a universal computer, as part of his PhD thesis. That same year, he and Steve Ward, assisted by Rich Schroeppel and Mike Beeler, proved that a rectangle of only 9 × 33 cells contains a Garden of Eden,[1] and he discovered the first Garden of Eden.


  1. Robert Wainwright (September 1971). Lifeline, vol 3, page 31.

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