Frederick Hillier inducted to International Hall of Fame for Operations Research
Congratulations to Professor Emeritus of MS&E Frederick Hillier (PhD '61) for being inducted into the International Hall of Fame for Operations Research!
The prestigious honor is administered by the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS), which adds new members to the Hall of Fame every three years with a maximum of three new entrants each time.
With this honor, IFORS recognized a wide variety of Prof. Hillier's distinguished contributions to the field, but particularly highlighted the significant impact of his textbook, Introduction to Operations Research, since its initial publication in 1967. By illuminating the power of operations research, the book has promoted the use of operations research throughout the world—it has been translated into over 15 other languages—as well as motivating many people to enter the field.
IFORS also drew special attention to the textbook that Prof. Hillier co-authored with his son and fellow MS&E alum Mark Hillier (PhD '94). The 7th edition of this textbook, Introduction to Management Science and Business Analytics, was published September 2022, and has also been translated into several other languages.
Prof. Hillier's official induction into the IFORS Hall of Fame will take place on July 13, 2023 during the triennial conference of IFORS in Santiago, Chile.
Prof. Hillier was awarded the George E. Kimball Medal by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) in 2017.
Prof. Hillier was interviewed in 2015 as part of INFORMS's Oral Histories project. Watch the video below, and find the transcript on Prof. Hillier's INFORMS biography page.