JEWISH RECIPIENTS OF THE JOHN VON NEUMANN THEORY PRIZE
IN OPERATIONS RESEARCH

(41% of recipients)

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Listed below are recipients of the John von Neumann Theory Prize who were, or are, Jewish (or of partial Jewish descent, as noted).  This award recognizes outstanding contributions in operations research, a mathematical and computational discipline concerned with the optimal solution of complex problems in management science.
  • George B. Dantzig (1975)
  • Richard Bellman (1976)
  • Felix Pollaczek (1977)
  • David Gale (1980)
  • Abraham Charnes (1982)
  • William Cooper 1 (1982)
  • Herbert Scarf (1983)
  • Ralph Gomory 2 (1984)
  • Kenneth Arrow (1986)
  • Samuel Karlin (1987)
  • Herbert Simon 3 (1988)
  • Harry Markowitz (1989)
  • Richard Karp (1990)
  • Frank Proschan (1991)
  • Alan Hoffman (1992)
  • Robert Herman (1993)
  • Egon Balas (1995)
  • Cyrus Derman (2002)
  • Arkadi Nemirovski (2003)
  • Robert Aumann (2005)
  • George Nemhauser (2012)
  • Laurence Wolsey 4 (2012)
  • Nimrod Megiddo (2014)
  • Martin Reiman (2016)
NOTES
1. Jewish mother (née Rachael Rossman).
2. In his book Indiscrete Thoughts (Birkhäuser, Boston, 1997, p. 18), Gian-Carlo Rota recalls his fellow Princeton student Ralph Gomory as a "red-blooded American boyish Wasp type."   In fact, Ralph Gomory's mother (née Marian Schellenberg) was from a prominent German-Jewish family that was among the founders of Beth Elohim Congregation in Brooklyn, NY.  Marian Gomory's sister Rhoda Schaap was a President of the Brooklyn, NY Section of the National Council of Jewish Women.
3. Jewish father, mother of partial Jewish ancestry; see Models of My Life, by Herbert A. Simon (BasicBooks, New York, 1991, pp. 3, 17, 112, 262).
4. Mother, Anna Wolsey-Mautner, was the daughter of the Viennese industrialist and folklorist Konrad David Mautner and his wife Anna (née Neumann)
Mautner, both Jewish.

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