R. Tyrrell Rockafellar

Ralph Tyrrell Rockafellar

R. Tyrrell ("Terry") Rockafellar in 1977
Born (1935-02-10) February 10, 1935
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Residence Washington, U.S.
Nationality American
Fields Mathematical optimization
Institutions University of Washington 1966-
University of Florida (adjunct) 2003-
University of Texas, Austin 1963–1965
Alma mater Harvard University
Thesis Convex Functions and Dual Extremum Problems (1963)
Doctoral advisor Garrett Birkhoff
Notable students Peter Wolenski
Francis Clarke
Known for Convex analysis
Monotone operator
Calculus of variation
Stochastic programming
Oriented matroid
Influences Albert W. Tucker
Werner Fenchel
Roger J-B Wets
Influenced Roger J-B Wets
Notable awards Dantzig Prize of SIAM and MPS 1982
von Neumann citation of SIAM 1992
Frederick W. Lanchester Prize of INFORMS 1997-1998
John von Neumann Theory Prize of INFORMS 1999
Doctor Honoris Causa:
Groningen, Montpellier, Chile, Alicante

Ralph Tyrrell Rockafellar (born February 10, 1935) is one of the world's leaders in optimization theory and related fields of analysis and combinatorics. He is professor emeritus at the departments of mathematics and applied mathematics at the University of Washington, Seattle. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[1]


Rockafellar received the John von Neumann Theory Prize from the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science and delivered the 1993 von Neumann lecture for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

Rockafellar and his coauthor Roger J-B Wets were awarded the Frederick W. Lanchester Prize for 1997 by Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) lists Rockafellar as a highly cited researcher.[2]

Selected publications



See also


  1. In the Institute for Scientific Information highly cited researcher list, Rockafellar's author id is "A0071-2003-A".


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