Profiles in Operations Research

Volume 147 of the series International Series in Operations Research & Management Science pp 217-240


George B. Dantzig

  • Saul I. GassAffiliated withRobert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland Email author 

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The influenceof George B. Dantzig on the field of operations research (OR) is best reflected by noting that the he was the first recipient of the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA) and The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS) prestigious John von Neumann Theory Prize, an award given annually to a scholar who has made fundamental, sustained contributions to theory in OR and management science (MS). He was the first inductee into the International Federation of Operational Research Societies’ (IFORS) OR Hall of Fame. He is regarded as the father of linear programming (LP). He was awarded the President’s National Medal of Science in 1975 by President Ford. He served as president of TIMS in 1966.