Oral Histories

This is a collection of resources consisting of oral history interviews of historic individuals in the field of operations research.  Interviews posted by INFORMS are listed in the first section of this listing, while interviews posted elsewhere online are in the second section; some individuals may be represented in both sections.   The INFORMS History and Traditions committee has an ongoing program of recording oral history interviews, with new recordings added periodically. 

INFORMS Oral Histories

Balas, Egon

Egon Balas (2016) Interview by Irv Lustig, November 14, 2016, Nashville TN. (link)

Cushen, W. Edward

W. Edward Cushen  (2015) Interview by Eugene Visco, December 4, 2015.  Video by Wes Poole,  Fort Monroe, VA (link)

Dantzig, George B.

George Dantzig interview by Irv Lustig, March 5, 2001. Video by Christelle Colin, Stanford, CA. (link)

Elmaghraby, Salah E.

Salah Elmaghraby (2015) Interview by Shaler Stidham, October 9, 2015.  Video by Danica Cullinan, Raleigh, NC (link)

Flagle, Charles D.

Charles Flagle (1997) Interview by Eleanor Hart, October 21, 1997, Washington, DC.(link)

Gaver, Donald P.

Donald Gaver (2015) Interview by Patricia Jacobs, July 1, 2015. Produced by the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Educational Design, Development, and Distribution, Monterey, CA (link)

Hess, Sidney W.

Sidney W. Hess (2015) Interview by Barry List, November 2, 2015.  Video by David Tavani,  Philadelphia, PA (link)

Hillier, Frederick S.

Frederick Hillier (2015) Interview by Vijay Mehrotra, November 2, 2015.  Video by David Tavani,  Philadelphia PA (link)

Hoffman, Alan J.

Alan Hoffman Interview by Irv Lustig May 4, 2001. Video by Irv Lustig, Yorktown Heights, NY. (link)

Howard, Ronald A.

Ronald Howard (2014) Interview by Tom Keelin, November 8, 2014.  Video by Shirley Mohr and Jonathan Gonzales, San Francisco, CA (link)

Kuhn, Harold W.

Harold Kuhn interview by Irv Lustig, July 16, 2001. Video by Irv Lustig, Princeton, NJ. (link)

Larson, Richard C.

Dick Larson (2016). Interview by Ed Kaplan, November 14, 2016, Nashville, Tennessee. (link)

Lev, Benjamin

Benjamin Lev (2016) Interview by Jeff Camm, November 13, 2016. Nashville, TN. (link)

Little, John D. C.

John D. C. Little (2014) Interview by Robert Klein, September 4, 2014.  Video by Lawrence Gallagher, Cambridge MA (link)

Magee, John F.

John Magee (2014) Interview by William Thomas March 30, 2014. Video by Shirley Mohr and Jonathan Gonzales, Boston, Mass. (link)

Matheson, James E.

James Matheson (2015) Interview by Warner North, November 9, 2014.  Video by Shirley Mohr and Jon Gonsalez,  San Francisco, CA (link)

McCallum, Jr., Charles J.

Chuck McCallum (2016) Interview by Arjang Assad, November 14, 2016, Nashville, TN. (link)

Morrison, Donald G.

Don Morrison (2015) Interview by Peter Horner, April 11, 2015.  Video by Jonathan Gonzalez,  Huntington Beach, CA (link)

Nemhauser, George

George Nemhauser interview by Irv Lustig, November 2, 2015.  Philadelphia, PA. (link)

Pierskalla, William P.

William Pierskalla (2015) Interview by Matt Sobel, November 2, 2015.  Video by David Tavani,  Philadelphia, PA (link)

Pollock, Stephen M.

Stephen Pollock (2016) Interview by Mark Daskin, November 14, 2016.  Nashville, TN (link)

Ross, Sheldon M.

Sheldon Ross (2015) Interview by Steven Lippman, December 17, 2015.  Video by Manuel Burgos, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (link)

Settles, F. Stan

Stan Settles (2015) Interview by Maged Dessouky, July 23, 2015.  Video by Nadia Barosy,  Los Angeles, CA (link)

Stone, Lawrence D.

Lawrence Stone Interview By Allen Butler, November 13, 2016, Nashville TN. (link)

Todd, Michael J.

Michael Todd (2015) Interview by Leslie Trotter, June 15, 2015.  Video by E. J. Cornelius, Ithaca, NY (link)

Wolfe, Philip

Phil Wolfe Interview by Irv Lustig May 4, 2001. Video by Irv Lustig, Yorktown Heights, NY. (link)

Oral Histories on External Sites

Ackoff, Russell L.

Ackoff R (2001) Interview by Phyllis Haynes. Studio 1 Network. (see embedded YouTube video below)

 

Arrow, Kenneth J.

Kenneth Arrow (2006) Interview by Darrell Duffie. April 6. The American Finance Association. (see YouTube video below)

Kenneth Arrow (2011) Interviews by Jane Hibbard, November 9, December 2, December 13 and December 19, 2011, Stanford University. Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program audio and transcript. (link).

Kenneth Arrow (2014) Stanford Engineering Hero Lecture, March 4, 2014 (link). 

Kenneth Arrow (2014) "Economist Kenneth Arrow discusses the origins of operations research."  Stanford University School of Engineering, published March 28, 2014 (link). 

   

Aumann, Robert J.

Robert J. Aumann (2006) Interview by Pelle Guldborg Hansen. July 13, Stony Brook, NY.  In Hendricks VF & Hansen PG (eds), Game Theory, 5 Questions, Automatic Press 2007, pp 1-7 (preprint

Robert J. Aumann (2008) Interview by Adam Smith. August 20. Video. Lindau, Germany. (video

Hart, Sergiu (2005) An Interview with Robert Aumann.  Macroeconomic Dynamics 9, 2005, 683-740. (link)

Barlow, Richard E.

Block H. W. (2001) A conversation with Richard Barlow. Statistical Science, 16(4): 368-388. (link

Beer, Anthony Stafford

Stafford Beer (1994) Cybernetics, History & Origins. July. Video. Falcondale Hotel: Wales, UK. (see embedded YouTube video below)

 

Blackwell, David

National Visionary Leadership Project. David Harold Blackwell: National Visionary Video Playlist. Accessed January 6, 2015. (link)

David Blackwell (1984) Interview by Morris H. DeGroot. Statistical Science, Berkeley, CA. (transcript)

David Blackwell (2002/3) Interview by Nadine Williams. Regional Oral History Office, the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA.  (transcript)

Blumstein, Alfred

Alfred Blumstein (1999) Interview by Judy Rubinstein & Howard Braun, April 5. Audio. National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section. Oral History Collection at the University of Pittsburgh. (audio)

Alfred Blumstein (2003) Interview by Robert Sampson, November 20. Video. American Society of Criminology. (See embedded YouTube video below)

 

Bonder, Seth

Garrambone M. & Sheldon R. (2012) Military Operations Research Society (MORS) Oral History Project Interview of Dr. Seth Bonder, FS. Military Operations Research, 17(3): 5-49. (link)

Borsting, Jack R.

Garrambone M. & Seldon R. (2006) Military Operations Research Society (MORS) Oral History Project Interview of Jack Borsting, FS. Military Operations Research, 11(2): 57-82. (link)

Box, George E. P.

DeGroot M. H. (1987) A conversation with George Box. Statistical Science, 2(3): 239-258. (link)

Pena D. (2001) George Box: an interview with the International Journal of Forecasting. International Journal of Forecasting, 17(1): 1-9. (link)

Cinlar, Erhan

Erhan Cinlar (1982) Interview by Narahari U. Prabhu. February 28. Ithaca, New York. Eurgene B. Dynkin Collection of Mathematics Interviews. Cornell University: Ithaca, New York. (audio)

Conway, Richard W.

Richard W. Conway (2014) Interview by Robert G. Sargent, June 11. Cornell University: Ithaca, NY. NCSU Computer Simulation Archive. Raleigh, North Carolina. (video)

Richard W. Conway and William L. Maxwell (2014) Interview by Robert G. Sargent, June 11. Cornell University: Ithaca New York. NCSU Computer Simulation Archive. Raleigh, North Carolina. (video)

Cottle, Richard W.

Richard W. Cottle (2015), Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program Interviews (SC0932). Department of Special Collections & University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif. (link)

Dantzig, George B.

Albers D. J. & Reid C. (1986) An Interview with George B. Dantzig, The Father of Linear Programming. The College Mathematics Journal 17: 292-314. (link)

Edwards, Ward

Detlof von Winterfeldt interviews Ward Edwards (2005).  Recorded at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.  Accessed December 22, 2016 (link)

Fishman, George S.

Alexopoulos C., Goldsman D., & Wilson J. R. (2009) A Conversation with George Fishman. Alexopoulos, et al., eds. in Advancing the Frontiers of Simulation: A Festschrift in Honor of George Samuel Fishman, 21-42. Springer Science+Business Media: New York. (link

Flagle, Charles D.

Charles D. Flagle (1991) Interview by Donald A.B. Lindberg, The Regional Medical Programs, 1965-76. Video. Videocassette. National Library of Medicine.

Charles D. Flagle (1998) Interview by Edward Berkowitz, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), National Library of Medicine, 16 October 1998.  Transcript.  National Library of Medicine NICHSR Oral History Collection (link)

Flood, Merrill M.

Merrill Flood (1984) Interview by Albert Tucker, May 14. The Princeton Mathematics Community in the 1930s. The Trustees of Princeton, University. (transcript)

Forrester, Jay W.

Jay W. Forrester (1985) Oral History Interview.  Collection MC629,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Institute Archives and Special Collections, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Jay W. Forrester (1998) Interview by David Allison. March 24. Transcript. Smithson Institution National Museum of American History: Washington, D. C.  (transcript

Jay W. Forrester (2009) Interview by Toby A. Smith. January 26. Part 1. Video. The MIT 150 Infinite Oral History Project. (video)

Jay W. Forrester (2009) Interview by Toby A. Smith. March 26. Part 2. Video. The MIT 150 Infinite Oral History Project. (video)

Frank, Howard

Speaking of Books: Howard Frank, "Adventures of a Dean." You Tube video posted November 26, 2013.  Accessed December 22, 2016 (link)

Gass, Saul I.

Sheldon B. & Visco G. (2005) Military Operations Research Societal (MORS) Oral History Project Interview. Military Operations Research, 10(4): 39-62. (link)

Gomory, Ralph E.

R. E. Gomory (2010) Interview by William Thomas, July 19. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: New York. (transcript)

Green, Paul E.

Wharton School (2012) Professor Paul Green: Personal Reflections. Youtube. Uploaded Feb 3. Accessed June 15, 2015. (see embedded YouTube video below)

Wharton School (2012) Professor Paul Green: The Technique of Market Research. Youtube. Uploaded May 1. Accessed June 15, 2015. (see embedded YouTube video below)

   

Hearn, Donald W.

Karen Aardal (1997) Interview: Don Hearn. OPTIMA, 56: 5-6. (link)

Herman, Robert

Robert Herman (1983) Interview by Martin Harwit. April 11. Transcript. Schenectady, New York. American Institute of Physics. (transcript

Hitch, Charles J.

RAND History Project Interviews. Accession No. 1999-0037, Box 3. Audio. Cassette Tape. National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division. National Air and Space Museum. Smithsonian Institute: Washington D.C. (link)

Howard, Ronald A.

Garber R. (2009) An interview with Ronald A. Howard. Decision Analysis, 6(4): 263-272. (link)

Howard R. A. (2014) Interview by Justin Fox. IBR Idea Cast, Harvard Business Review. (transcript)

Howard R. A. et al. (2014) Part One: The History. Presentation. 50 Years of Decision Analysis Conference. November 7. Decision Education Foundation. (video). 

Howard R. A. (2013) Stanford Faculty Profile. September 3. Stanford Online, Stanford University. (see embedded YouTube video below)

Hurwicz, Leonid

Leonid Hurwicz (2007) Interview with Adam Smith. October 15. Phone Interview. Nobel Prize Foundation (audio). 

Karp, Richard M.

Simons Foundation. Science Lives: Richard Karp. Published December 13, 2013. Accessed May 11, 2015. (video

Keeney, Ralph L.

Howard R. A., Keeney R. L., et al. (2014) Part One: The History. Presentation. 50 Years of Decision Analysis Conference. November 7. Decision Education Foundation. (video). 

Kleinrock, Leonard

Big Think. The Internet Utters Its First Word. Video. Recorded May 14, 2010. Accessed April 30, 2015. (video)

Leonard Kleinrock (1990) Interview by Judy O'Neill. April 3. Transcript. Los Angeles, CA. Charles Babbage Institute: Minneapolis, MN. (transcript)

Leonard Kleinrock (2004) Interview by John Vardalas. Transcript. IEEE History Center: Hoboken, NJ. (transcript)

Leonard Kleinrock (2009) Interview by Ira Flatow. October 30. National Public Radio. (audio)

UCLA (2011) My Work and My Life - Leonard Kleinrock. Youtube. Uploaded June 24. Accessed June 15, 2015. (see embedded YouTube video below)

UCLA (2009) The First Internet Connection, with UCLA's Leonard Kleinrock. Youtube. Uploaded January 13. Accessed June 15, 2015. (see embedded YouTube video below)

   

Knuth, Donald

Donald Knuth (2013) Interview by Richard E. Nance. February 6. Stanford, California. NCSU Libraries Computer Simulation Archive: Raleigh, NC. (video)

Donald Knuth (2001) Interview by Philip L. Frana. November 8. Stanford, California. The Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota. (video)

Donald Knuth (2008) Interview by Andrew Binstock. April 5. InformIT, Pearson Education. (transcript)

Donald Knuth (2007) Interview by Gianluca Pignalberi. A prime number of questions for the Professor Emeritus of the Art of Computer Programming. Free Software Magazine. (transcript)

Larson, Richard C.

Richard Larson (2010) Interview by Lawrence Gallagher, September 2010. The MIT 150 Infinite Oral History Project. (video)

Liebman, Judith

John Stenzel and Judith Stenzel Liebman (2013) Interview by Linda Bell, August 16. Fox Acres, Red Feathers Lakes, Colorado. (transcript)

Little, John D. C.

John D. C. Little (2015) Interview by Robert L. Klein. Cambridge, Massachusetts. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. (see embedded YouTube video below)

 

Magee, John F.

John Magee (1996) Interview by Renee Garrelick, September 26. Concord Oral History Program. Alcorn Park, Cambridge, Mass. (transcript)

Markowitz, Harry

Harry M. Markowitz (2002) Interview by Jeffery Yost, March 18. San Diego, CA. Charles Babbage Institute Center for the History of Information Technology: Minneapolis, MN. (transcript)

Harry M. Markowitz (2013) Interview by Richard E. Nance, February 5. San Diego, CA. NCSU Computer Simulation Archives: Raleigh, NC. (video)

Maxwell, William

William L. Maxwell (2014) Interview by Robert G. Sargent, June 11. Video. Cornell University: Ithaca, NY. NCSU Computer Simulation Archive. Raleigh, North Carolina. (video)

Richard W. Conway and William L. Maxwell (2014) Interview by Robert G. Sargent, June 11. Video. Cornell University: Ithaca, NY. NCSU Computer Simulation Archive. Raleigh, North Carolina. (video)

Miser, Hugh J.

Hugh Miser (1994) Interview, July 28. Audio Cassette. RAND History Project, National Air and Space Museum.

Mood, Alexander

Alexander Mood (1984) Interview by George W. Brown, July 25. The Princeton Mathematics Community in the 1930s. The Trustees of Princeton, University. (transcript)

Morse, Philip M.

Philip Morse (1970) Interview by Richard R. Metz. December 16. Computer Oral History Collection, 1969-1973, 1977. Archives Center, National Museum of American History. (transcript)

Nance, Richard E.

Richard E. Nance (2013) Interview by Robert G. Sargent, January 24. North Carolina State University: Raleigh, NC. NCSU Computer Simulation Archive. Raleigh, North Carolina. (video)

Nash, Jr., John F.

John Nash (2004) Interview by Marika Grieshel, September 1. 1st Meeting of Laureates in Economic Sciences. Lindau, Germany. (video)

PBS American Experience. Brilliant Madness: Supplementary Interview with John Nash. Accessed April 2, 2015.

Nemhauser, George

George Nemhauser (2006) Interview by Abe J. Schear, October. Baseball Digest, Arnold Golden Gregory LLP. Atlanta, Georgia. (transcript)

Pierskalla, William P.

William Pierskalla (2008) Interview by Jennifer Muldoon, June 8-10. National Information Center on Health Services Research Oral Histories. (link)

Proschan, Frank

Hollander M. & Marshall A. W. (1995) A Conversation with Frank Proschan. Statistical Science, 10(1): 118-133. (link)

Raiffa, Howard

Feinberg S. E. (2008) The Early Statistical Years: 1947 - 1967, A Conversation with Howard Raiffa. Statistical Science, 23(1): 136-149. (link)

Harvard Kennedy School Oral History: Howard Raiffa. YouTube. Uploaded November 6, 2013. (see embedded YouTube video below)

 

Rockafellar, R. Tyrrell

Vicent L. N. (2002) An interview with R. Tyrrell Rockafellar. Bulletin of the International Center for Mathematics, 12(6): 1-7. (link

Samuelson, Paul A.

Paul Samuelson (2009) Interview by Conor Clark, Posted June 17/18. The Atlantic. (Part I: transcript, Part II: transcript)

Paul Samuelson (2007) Interview by Brian Keegan, July 19. The MIT 150 Infinite Oral History Project. (video)

Paul A. Samuelson (2003) Interview by William A. Barnett, December 23. Macroeconomic Dynamics, 8. (transcript)

Sargent, Robert G.

Robert G. Sargent (2013) Interview by James R. Wilson. January 24. Raleigh, North Carolina. NCSU Computer Simulation Archive: Raleigh, North Carolina. (video)

Schrady, David A.

Sheldon R. (2011) Military Operations Research Society (MORS) Oral History Project Interview of David A. Schrady, FS. Military Operations Research, 16(1): 77-84. (link)

Shapley, Lloyd S.

Shapley, February 9, 1994 (restricted). RAND History Project Interviews. Accession No. 1999-0037, Box 10. Cassette tape transcript. National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division. National Air and Space Museum. Smithsonian Institute: Washington D.C. (link to index)

Shoemaker, Christine A.

Cornell University Library. eCommons Video: Christine Shoemaker & Jery R. Stedinger Discuss The History of CEE. Accessed April 9, 2015. (link

Silver, Edward A.

INFORMS. MSOM Society Fellows: Edward Silver. Accessed January 6, 2016. (link)

Simon, Herbert A.

Herbert A. Simon (1994) Interview by Doug Stewart. June. OMNI. (transcript

Solow, Robert

Clement, Douglas (2002) Interview with Robert Solow.  The Region, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, September 1, 2002.  (link)

Robert Solow (2004) Interview by Marika Griehsel, September. Nobel Prize Web. (video)

Robert Solow (2007) Interview by Brian Keegan, August 15. The MIT 150 Infinite Oral History Project. (video)

Robert Solow (2009) Interview by Peter Berck. The Annual Review of Resource Economics. (see embedded YouTube video below)

 

Tucker, Albert W.

Albert Tucker (1984) Interviews by William Aspray, April-October. Transcripts 19, 29-40. Princeton, NJ. The Princeton Mathematics Community in the 1930s Oral History Project. 

Albert Tucker (1986) Interview by William Aspray. Transcript. May 8. Princeton, NJ. Charles Babbage Institute. (transcript)

Urban, Glen L.

Glen Urban (2010) Interview by Karen Arenson, July 9. The MIT 150 Infinite Oral History Project. (video)

Vajda, Steven

Bather J. (1995) An interview with Steven Vajda. OR Newsletter, January, 25-29.

Whitney, Hassler

Hassler Whitney (1984) Interview by Albert Tucker, April 10. The Princeton Mathematics Community in the 1930s. The Trustees of Princeton, University. (transcript)

Wolfe, Philip

Philip Wolfe (1972) Interview by Robina Mapstone, November 28. Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Smithsonian National Museum of American History. (transcript)

Wright, Margaret H.

Simons Foundation. Science Lives: Margaret Wright. Published February 12, 2014. Accessed May 15, 2015. (link