Agner Krarup Erlang

b. 1 January 1878 d. 3 February 1929
  • C. C. Heyde


Erlang’s work provided the methodological framework of queueing theory for application to telephone traffic and was a precursor to much modern theory of stochastic processes.


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  1. Brockmeyer, E., H.L. Halstrom and A. Jensen (1948). The Life and Works of A.K. Erlang. Transactions of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences, No. 2 (which contains a comprehensive biography, a complete bibliography and Erlang’s principal works in English translation).Google Scholar
  2. Syski, R. (1960). Introduction to Congestion Theory in Telephone Systems, Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh (which describes much of Erlang’s research in a modern setting).zbMATHGoogle Scholar

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