Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Henry_Holland
John Henry Holland (born 2 February 1929) is an American scientist and Professor of Psychology and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a pioneer in complex system and nonlinear science. He is known as the father of genetic algorithms. He was awarded in 1961 the Louis E. Levy Medal from The Franklin Institute.