Person: Hammer, Peter Ladislaw
Peter Ladislaw Hammer was a Romanian-born mathematician who worked in Israel, Canada and the USA. He worked in operations research and applied discrete mathematics.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- We will explain below how this came about, but for the moment we record that papers written by Peter Hammer and Peter Ivanescu are by the same person.
- They are related to Boolean algebras and Hammer investigated the connections in this paper.
- For his outstanding contributions Hammer was awarded the George Tzitzeica prize of the Romanian Academy of Sciences in 1966.
- When Peter was invited to join Rutgers 20 years ago, he was given the task of establishing an Operations Research centre.
- Peter certainly delivered - RUTCOR was established and is now one of the more active Operational Research centres in the world, with about 10 in-house faculty members, dozens of Ph.D. students and many visitors.
- RUTCOR played a major role, with Hammer as its director, with regular series of seminars, workshops, and courses put on for the numerous graduate students.
- More than anyone else, Peter Hammer has used and extended Boole's machina universalis to handle questions relating to decision making, analysis and synthesis as they arise in natural, economic and social sciences.
- Hammer played an important role as editor-in-chief and founder of many journals.
- Remarkably Hammer also served on the editorial and advisory boards of eight other journals.
- Hammer received many honours for his outstanding contributions including honorary degrees from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (1986), the University of Rome "La Sapienza" (1998), and the University of Liege (1999).
Born 23 December 1936, Timişoara, Romania. Died 27 December 2006, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive