George Kozmetsky

  • Lawrence Secrest
  • David V. Gibson
  • John Sibley Butler
Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 147)


George Kozmetsky played an essential role in the establishment and development of operations research (OR) and management science (MS) in the U.S. He was one of a small of number of visionaries who, during the early 1950s, recognized the importance of quantitative wartime research to business and organizations. He wrote an early treatise that spelled out the impact of computers on management and organizations. George played a key role in applying OR and MS to business and society by his uncanny talent for translating OR/MS academic research findings and theory into practical applications, as well as identifying promising new applications and fertile research areas for OR/MS researchers. He was instrumental in the founding of The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS) and served as its president in 1958.


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Vice President Management Control System Technology Commercialization Ford Motor Company 
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The authors especially thank our following colleagues and friends of George Kozmetsky for their insights, revelations, and comments that provided important content for this chapter: Kenneth Walters, professor emeritus, University of Washington; Bill Cooper, professor emeritus, UT-Austin, one of the original six IC2 fellows; Fred Phillips, associate provost for research, Alliant International University, and formerly research director at IC2; and Tim Ruefli, professor, UT-Austin, the first associate director of IC2.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence Secrest
    • 1
  • David V. Gibson
    • 1
  • John Sibley Butler
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TexasAustinUSA

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