The Dantzig Prize
The Dantzig Prize was founded by a group of George B. Dantzig's former
students (R. W. Cottle, E. L. Johnson, R. M. van Slyke, and R. J.-B. Wets) and was first
awared in 1982.
The prize is awarded jointly by the Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied
Mathematics (SIAM). The prize is awarded for original research, which by its originality,
breadth and depth, is having a major impact on the field of mathematical optimization. The
contribution(s) for which the award is made must be publicly available and may belong to any
aspect of mathematical optimization in its broadest sense.
The Prize Committee
The chair of the MOS and the President of SIAM will jointly appoint a Prize Committee for
each award. The committee will consist of four members, one designated chair of the Prize
Committee by the chair of MOS, and it will represent a diverse range of topics in mathematical
optimization. Committee appointments should be made at least two years before the prize award
For continuity, committee members will normally serve on two successive prize committees
with the committee chair being a second-term member. Thus, normally two new members will be
appointed and two members reappointed every three years. Committee members will be members of
the Society and/or SIAM. At least two members of the committee will be Society members and at
least two will be SIAM members. The membership of the committee should also reflect the
international character of the societies.
The committee is responsible for the solicitation and evaluation of nominations. A call for
nominations should be placed in appropriate MOS, SIAM, and other publications. Nominations
should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation. The full committee should meet at least
once, early enough to permit extended discussions regarding the qualifications of the
The committee will deliver its final report with its nominee(s) at least six months prior
to the prize award date. The committee will complete its duties with the awarding of the
prize. If the committee reports that no prize can be awarded, then the prize money will be
used to increase the endowment and the duties of the committee will be completed.
The nomination(s) for the award should be presented by the Prize Committee to the Executive
Committees of the SIAM Council and of the MOS, via the President of SIAM and the chair of the
MOS. The nomination(s) for the award must be accompanied by a written justification and a
citation of about 100 words that can be read at the award date.
Both SIAM and the Society must accept the nomination(s). Rejection by either one of the two
societies will nullify the nomination(s). If the nomination(s) of the Prize Committee is
rejected by the Society and/or SIAM, the Prize Committee may propose a second nomination.
Prize Award Date
A prize award will be considered every three years. If no prize is awarded, the award date moves
ahead three years.
Description of the Award
The award is to include a certificate containing the citation and a cash prize, the amount
of which is to be determined by the Executive Committees of the SIAM Board and of the
MOS. Normally the amount of the prize will be approximately the income available from the
endowment to the extent that this income exceeds the travel expenses of the award recipient(s)
to attend the meeting. These travel expenses will normally be paid by the George B. Dantzig
Prize Fund, but if the Fund is not sufficient or as necessary, out of the operating funds of
the organization that hosts the award. The hosting organization may make the payment of travel
expenses contingent on the delivery of a major lecture at the meeting.
The Award Presentation
The award will be presented at the International Symposium on Mathematical Programming,
except every third award will be presented at a national meeting of SIAM, usually the annual
meeting in the year of the award. Presentation will be made by the Chair of MOS (or his
designate) when the MOS hosts the award, and by the President of SIAM (or his designate) when
SIAM hosts the award. The recipient is expected to make a short acceptance speech.
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Past Winners of the Dantzig Prize
||Michael J. D. Powell,
R. T. Rockafellar
|M. Beale, J. E. Dennis, R. Wets, P. Wolfe
||Ellis L. Johnson,
|M. Balinski, G. Nemhauser, M. J. D. Powell, R. Wets
||Michael J. Todd
||O. L. Mangasarian, K. Murty, G. Nemhauser, M. H. Wright
|T. Magnanti, M. Padberg, R. T. Rockafellar, M. J. Todd
|M. Grötschel, E. L. Johnson, R. T. Rockafellar, M. J. Todd
||Stephen M. Robinson,
|C. Gonzaga, E. L. Johnson, C. Lemaréchal, J. J. More
||S. Robinson (chair), L. Wolsey, C. Lemaréchal, W. Cunningham
|W. Cunningham (chair), L. Wolsey, O. Mangasarian, R. Fletcher
||R.E. Bixby (chair), A. Nemirovski, J.-S. Pang, A. Schrijver
||J.-S. Pang (chair), Y. Nesterov, A. Schrijver, E. Tardos
|J. Birge (chair), G. Cornuejols, Y. Nesterov, E. Tardos
||J. Birge, L. Wolsey, M. Wright (Chair), S. Wright