Profiles in Operations Research

Volume 147 of the series International Series in Operations Research & Management Science pp 659-676


John D. C. Little

  • John R. HauserAffiliated withMassachusetts Institute of Technology
  • , Glen L. UrbanAffiliated withMassachusetts Institute of Technology

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The development of Operations Research (OR) after World War II (WWII) was greatly influenced by OR pioneers who applied their knowledge and experiences to the problems of business and industry. In parallel, they brought OR methods and practices into academia, and created the environment for the development and training of a new cadre of OR practitioners and researchers. In the forefront of this new group, we find John D. C. Little. From being the first to receive a Ph.D. in OR, John went on to leave his own lasting imprint on the field as a progenitor of the field of marketing science and its applications, the person behind the eponymous Little’s Law for queues, an influential academic leader, and a highly successful OR researcher, practitioner, and entrepreneur.