Abraham Charnes, professor emeritus
of management science and information systems, died on December 19,
1992. He was 75.
Professor Charnes was born on September
4, 1917, in Hopewell, Virginia. He received bachelor's, master's, and
PhD degrees from the University of Illinois in 1938, 1939, and 1947,
Dr. Charnes taught at the Carnegie Institute
of Technology, and Purdue and Northwestern Universities. At Northwestern
he was Walter P. Murphy Professor of Applied Mathematics. Professor
Charnes joined The University of Texas at Austin in 1968. He held the
Jesse H. Jones Professorship and was a University System Professor.
He was later named John P. Harbin Professor in the College of Business
Professor Charnes was an internationally
renowned authority in developing new and advanced mathematical methods
used for management problem solving in government, industry, engineering,
and medicine. Professor Charnes published more than 200 articles in
professional journals and coauthored seven books. One of his best known
works, An Introduction to Linear Programming, was translated
into Chinese, Russian, and Japanese. Another publication, Management
Models and Industrial Applications of Linear Programming, was translated
In 1975 Professor Charnes was a finalist
for the Nobel Prize in economics. He was the recipient of other honors,
including the John von Neumann Theory Prize of the Institute of Management
Sciences and the Operations Research Society of America, and the Harold
Lardner Memorial Award from the Canadian Operations Research Society.
He also received the Distinguished Public Service medal from the U.S.
Navy for his contributions as a research physicist and operations analyst
during World War II.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted
on the Faculty Council web site on February 6, 2001. Additional
biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History
Center and the UT Office of Public Affairs.