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Computer science and engineering educator

Taylor Lockwood Booth was a mathematician known for his work in automata theory.


Booth, Taylor Lockwood was born on September 22, 1933 in Middletown, Connecticut, United States. Son of George Robert and Della (Bell) Booth.


Bachelor of Science, University Connecticut, 1955. Master of Science (Fortesque fellow 1955-1956), 1956. Doctor of Philosophy, 1962.


One of his fundamental works is Sequential Machines and Automata Theory (1967). It is a wide-ranging book meant for specialists, written for both theoretical computer scientists as well as electrical engineers. It deals with state minimization techniques, Finite state machines, Turing machines, Markov processes, and undecidability.

At his alma mater Booth was professor at the "Computer Science and Engineering" department. In 1981 the center was created to support the school's growing need for centralized computing research and development services. After his death the center was renamed to Taylor L. Booth Center for Computer Applications and Research or in its shorter form the Booth Research Center.

In 2002 the Booth Research Center (BRC) and the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), another center at the School of Engineering, merged into the Booth Engineering Center for Advanced Technology (BECAT). Booth was the first president of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board, Inc., meanwhile renamed to CSAB, Inc., which was founded in 1984. Taylor L. Booth Award.


  • Professor Booth received following awards and honors:The Frederick Emmons Terman Award from the American Society for Engineering in 1972, to recognize the outstanding young electrical engineering educator. The IEEE Centennial Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 1984. The Distinguished Service Award from the IEEE Computer Society in 1985, for his accreditation work. After Booth's death, the IEEE Computer Society established the Taylor L. Booth Award, to keep his name in memory. The award is given annually for individuals with an "outstanding record in computer science and engineering education".



Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Centennial medal 1984). Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society (secretary 1981-1982, 1st vice president since 1982, vice president for education 1982-1983), Association Computing Machinery, Connecticut Academy of Sciences and Engineering, American Society Engineering Education (Frederick Emmons Terman award 1972), Sigma Xi.


Married Aline Loyzim, January 1, 1955. Children: Laurine, Michael, Shari.

George Robert Booth

Della (Bell) Booth

Aline Loyzim

Laurine Booth

Michael Booth

Shari Booth