Journal of the Operational Research Society

, Volume 55, Issue 11, pp 1123–1129 | Cite as

Obituary: C West Churchman, 1913–2004

Obituary

Abstract

C(harles) West Churchman, the grand old man of the ‘systems approach’, has passed away. Born on 29 August 1913 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was 90 years of age. After a rich and significant life of scholarship, he died on 21 March 2004 in Bolinas, California. A former student and collaborator of Professor Churchman offers this commemorative essay. The paper offers a short biography of CW Churchman; an introduction to some central themes of his thinking; and some reflections on what remains of his work and how we might carry it forward today.

Keywords

CW churchman—obituary CW churchman—biography management science operations research systems approach history of OR philosophy of OR 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland

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