Date: 24 Feb 2011

William W. Cooper

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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.