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Profiles in Operations Research

Volume 147 of the series International Series in Operations Research & Management Science pp 201-216

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William W. Cooper

  • Timothy W. RuefliAffiliated withUniversity of Texas
  • , Robert R. WigginsAffiliated withUniversity of Texas

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Abstract

The pioneers ofOperations Research (OR) came from many different social, economic, and educational backgrounds. Their entry into OR was often due to a chance meeting, an unrelated job opportunity, or the influence of a teacher. The William (Bill) Cooper story is a most amazing case in point. He rose from a most difficult social and economic milieu to become one of the most respected and honored members of the OR profession.