Frederick W. Lanchester Prize
Purpose of the Award
The Lanchester prize is awarded for the best contribution to operations research and the management sciences published in English in the past three years. The prize includes a commemorative medallion and a U.S. $5,000 cash award. The award is given each year at the fall INFORMS Annual Meeting, if there is a suitable recipient.
To be eligible for the Lanchester Prize, a paper, a book, or a group of books or papers must meet the following requirements:
- It must be on an operations research/management science subject.
- It must have been published in one of the preceding three years or, in the case of a group, at least one member of the group must have been published in one of those years.
- It must be written in the English language, and
- It must have appeared in the open literature.
The submission deadline June 15, 2017. If there is a suitable recipient, the award will be presented at the 2017 Annual INFORMS Meeting in Houston, TX.
About the Award/Namesake
In 1896 Lanchester and his brother built the first petrol car in England. Lanchester redesigned and re-built the engine the next year into a two cylinder horizontally opposed version using his new wick carburetor design to improve both performance and speed. His true interest remained mechanical flight, which he had been studying since the early 1890s. He developed a model for the vortices that occur behind wings during flight, which included the first full description of lift and drag.During World War I he was particularly interested in predicting the outcome of aerial battles. In 1916 he published Aviation in Warfare: The Dawn of the Fourth Arm, which included a description of a series of differential equations that are today known as Lanchester's Power Laws...