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george_dantzig1The Mercury News: George Bernard Dantzig, a renowned mathematician who discovered two pioneering statistical theories widely used in the business world, died Friday in Palo Alto. He was 90. <>

Mr. Dantzig often told the story of how he got his master's degree from another famed mathematician, Jerzy Neyman, at the University of Michigan. One day in Neyman's classroom, Mr. Dantzig saw two problems on the blackboard that he assumed were homework assignments, and he solved them six weeks later. It turned out that they were two famous unsolved problems in statistics.

During World War II, Mr. Dantzig was chief of the combat analysis branch for the Air Force. There, he applied his mathematical theories to war data, including analyzing bombing missions in Germany. His work with the Air Force led to what are considered his chief contributions to math: the discovery of the ``simplex algorithm'' and the invention of linear programming. | Source |

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