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Professor Egon Balas, 1922-2019 [EURO Gold Medalist 2001]

Egon Balas

We are deeply saddened to announce that Professor Egon Balas passed away on 18th March 2019 at the age of 96. Egon Balas was born on June 7, 1922, in Cluj, Romania. His difficult early life included two periods of politically motivated imprisonment. After his release from prison in 1954 he became an applied mathematician with a strong focus on OR in 1959. With numerous contributions to the fields of integer programming Egon Balas is undoubtedly a pioneer of OR. One of his awards was the EURO Gold Medal, presented in 2001, where he acknowledged the contributions of all his co-authors. In 2006, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the IFORS Operational Research Hall of Fame. Despite his advanced physical age, he never retired but rather remained active faculty of Carnegie Mellon University, participating vividly in the discourse in, and advancement of, science until very recently, through his seminal and influential publications in leading outlets and in his active role as a conference delegate. Egon Balas will not only be missed for his academic contributions, but for his friendship, generosity and humour. Our thoughts and best wishes go to his family at this time.

More on the story of Egon Balas can be found at:
and in the autobiography
E. Balas: Will to Freedom: A Perilous Journey through Fascism and Communism (Syracuse University Press, 2000) (translated in Hungarian, Romanian, French, Italian, and German)

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