Profiles in Operations Research

Volume 147 of the series International Series in Operations Research & Management Science pp 95-111


Albert W. Tucker

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

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Operations research(OR) has been able to flourish and make its mark by solving real-world decision problems in just about all facets of human endeavor. Often, such successes rest heavily on mathematical results discovered by researchers who had little or no interest in applications. Further, those who successfully extended the application reach of OR were often trained in their mathematical and related skills by outstanding teachers who are able to convey the implications of such theoretical results by being great expositors. For over 50 years, especially during the embryonic years of OR, Albert W. Tucker was the pre-eminent example of the mathematician, teacher, and expositor that graced the field. His contributions to OR were recognized by his being awarded the Operations Research Society of America’s John von Neumann Prize and his being inducted into the International Federation of Operations Research Societies’ Hall of Fame.