Profiles in Operations Research

Volume 147 of the series International Series in Operations Research & Management Science pp 45-68


Philip McCord Morse

  • Robert M. OliverAffiliated withUniversity of California

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Philip McCord Morse was a leading American physicist, a World War II (WWII) pioneer in operations research (OR), founding member and first president (1952) of the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA), and probably the first person to take steps to ensure that OR and systems analysis should become an academic discipline to improve decision making in private and public institutions, as well as government. He is widely viewed as the father of OR in the U.S. In addition to this enormous accomplishment, he had a distinguished career as a physicist and made major contributions to public policy and society.