Egon Balas

Egon Balas
Born (1922-06-07)June 7, 1922
Cluj, Romania
Residence United States
Fields Applied Mathematics
Institutions Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business
Known for Disjunctive programming
Notable awards John von Neumann Theory Prize (1995), EURO Gold Medal (2001), Hungarian Academy of Science (external member, 2004), Honorary Doctorate in Mathematics (University of Waterloo, 2005)

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

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 left Romania in 1966 and accepted an appointment with the 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).[2]

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Honors and awards


    • 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.
  1. E. Balas: Will to Freedom: A Perilous Journey through Fascism and Communism (Syracuse University Press, 2000)


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