Egon Balas
Born(1922-06-07)June 7, 1922
DiedMarch 18, 2019(2019-03-18) (aged 96)
Known forDisjunctive programming
AwardsJohn von Neumann Theory Prize (1995), EURO Gold Medal (2001), Hungarian Academy of Science (external member, 2004), Honorary Doctorate in Mathematics (University of Waterloo, 2005)
Scientific career
FieldsApplied Mathematics
InstitutionsCarnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business
Doctoral advisorRobert Fortet

Egon Balas (June 7, 1922 in Cluj, Romania – March 18, 2019)[1] was an applied mathematician and a professor of industrial administration and applied mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University. He was the Thomas Lord Professor of Operations Research at Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business and did fundamental work in developing integer and disjunctive programming.[2]

Life and education

Balas was born in Cluj (Romania) in a Hungarian Jewish family. His original name was Blatt, which was first changed to the Hungarian Balázs and then later to the Romanian Balaş. He was married to art historian Edith Balas, a survivor of Auschwitz, with whom he had two daughters.[3][4] He was imprisoned by the Communist authorities for several years after the war.[5]

He left Romania in 1966 and accepted an appointment with Carnegie Mellon University in 1967. Balas obtained a "Diploma Licentiate" in economics (Bolyai University, 1949) and Ph.D.s in economics (University of Brussels, 1967) and mathematics (University of Paris, 1968).[6] His mathematics PhD thesis was titled Minimax et dualité en programmation discrète and was written under the direction of Robert Fortet.[7]

Selected publications

Honors and awards


  1. ^ "Remembering Egon Balas". Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  2. ^ * Graham K. Rand: Egon Balas, Profiles in Operations Research (eds.: A.A. Asad, S.L. Gass), International Series in Operations Research and Management Science, 147, Springer, 2011.
  3. ^ University, Carnegie Mellon. "Edith Balas - Center for the Arts in Society - Carnegie Mellon University". Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  4. ^ (CMU), Carnegie Mellon University. "March 22: CMU's Edith Balas Pens Memoir Depicting Life as a Survivor and Scholar - Carnegie Mellon University - CMU". Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh » Edith Balas". Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  6. ^ E. Balas: Will to Freedom: A Perilous Journey through Fascism and Communism (Syracuse University Press, 2000)
  7. ^ Egon Balas at the Mathematics Genealogy Project


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