1815 - 1864
No, a Boolean
operator is not someone from an obscure foreign country who's a
day trader of stocks on the Web. Boolean operators are the connectors
AND, OR, and NOT that can be used in keyword searches.
Boole was a 19th century Englishman, the son of a poor shoemaker.
A self-taught mathematician, Boole was offered a university position
solely on the basis of his publications. His work on mathematical
logic, algebra, and the binary systems of 0 and 1, had a unique influence
upon the development of computers. On a personal note, he married
Mary Everest, the niece of the man for whom Mt. Everest is named.
The couple had five daughters who variously excelled in mathematics,
chemistry, and the fine arts.