Lloyd S. Shapley

Past Awards

1981 John von Neumann Theory Prize: Winner(s) [+show more]

The citation reads as follows:

  • The 1981 von Neumann Theory Prize for contributions to the theory of Operations Research and Management Science is awarded by the Operations Research Society of America and The Institute of Management Sciences to Lloyd S. Shapley for his fundamental contributions to Game Theory.

Lloyd Shapley has dominated game theory for the thirty-seven years since von Neumann and Morgenstern published their path-breaking book, The Theory of Games and Economic Behavior. Shapley's key ideas include his inventions of convex games; stochastic games; the "Shapley" value for cooperative games; and his development of the theory of the core, including his independent discovery of the famous Bondareva-Shapley Theorem about the non-emptiness of the core. He has made important contributions to network flow theory and to non-atomic game theory. His work on the core influenced the development of fixed-point and complementarity theory, and his work on stochastic games influenced the development of dynamic programming. His individual work and his joint research with Martin Shubik has helped build bridges between game theory, economics, political science, and practice.


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