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Steven Vajda, the British Father of Linear Programming

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Wednesday 30 January 2013, 13:00
LT12, Management School

Professor Jakob Krarup
University of Copenhagen

Abstract: Steven Vajda (1901-1995) was a mathematician, educator, one of mathematical programming’s true pioneers, and the person who introduced LP to both Europe and Asia. Upon having retired three times he was invited by Sussex University in 1973 to become Visiting Professor of Mathematics, in which role he continued actively, teaching and writing research papers for about 22 years, probably a record unsurpassed in the U.K. and anywhere.  An account of Steven’s life and work is provided. Furthermore the influence of Steven on my carrier as an operational researcher cannot be overrated. I am deeply grateful to my distinguished mentor, co-author, and friend.


Bio: Jakob Krarup is Emeritus Professor, DIKU (Dept. of Computer Science, Copenhagen University). He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in operational research (OR) from the Technical University of Denmark. His D.Sc. degree in OR was earned at Copenhagen University and an honorary degree was awarded by Warsaw Business School. Upon consultancy in Denmark and abroad, he joined DIKU in 1975 with focus on general OR and combinatorial optimization.

A main parallel activity throughout was, and is still the promotion of OR, notably within the frameworks of NATO, IFORS and EURO. Jakob is past vice president of IFORS, past president of EURO, and has served for 28 years as the Danish representative to both institutions.

Jakob’s CV + bibliography is available at

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