Letter to the Editor

Why not award the Lanchester Prize?

To the editor:
I am dismayed that the Lanchester Prize [for the best contribution to operations research and the management sciences published in English in the past three years] was not awarded this year. This makes six years out of the last nine with no award.

Are we to believe, and in effect announce to the world, that there is no good O.R. work being published in English anymore?

The Lanchester, not the Edelman, used to be considered the profession’s most prestigious award. Now, to the extent that anyone even takes note of it, the Lanchester Prize (or lack of it) has become an embarrassment to the profession.

What’s going on here? The situation cries out for action.

Douglas Samuelson
Annandale. Va.