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Philip Wolfe

Philip Wolfe

American mathematician
Philip Wolfe
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Intro American mathematician
Was Mathematician Computer scientist Statistician
From United States of America
Type Mathematics Technology Science
Gender male
Birth 11 August 1927, San Francisco, USA
Death 29 December 2016, Ossining, USA (aged 89 years)
Star sign Leo
University of California, Berkeley
Notable Works
Frank–Wolfe algorithm  
John von Neumann Theory Prize 1992
Fellow of the Econometric Society  
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Philip Starr "Phil" Wolfe (August 11, 1927 – December 29, 2016) was an American mathematician and one of the founders of convex optimization theory and mathematical programming.


Wolfe received his bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He and his wife, Hallie, lived in Ossining, New York.


In 1954, he was offered an instructorship at Princeton, where he worked on generalizations of linear programming, such as quadratic programming and general non-linear programming, leading to the Frank–Wolfe algorithm in joint work with Marguerite Frank, then a visitor at Princeton. When Maurice Sion was on sabbatical at the Institute for Advanced Study, Sion and Wolfe published in 1957 an example of a zero-sum game without a minimax value. Wolfe joined RAND corporation in 1957, where he worked with George Dantzig, resulting in the now well known Dantzig–Wolfe decomposition method. In 1965, he moved to IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York.

Honors and awards

He received the John von Neumann Theory Prize in 1992, jointly with Alan Hoffman.

Selected publications

  • Dantzig, George B.; Wolfe, Philip (February 1960). "Decomposition Principle for Linear Programs". Operations Research. 8 (1): 101–111. doi:10.1287/opre.8.1.101.
  • Frank, M.; Wolfe, P. (1956). "An algorithm for quadratic programming". Naval Research Logistics Quarterly. 3 (1–2): 95–110. doi:10.1002/nav.3800030109.
  • Held, M.; Wolfe, P.; Crowder, H. P. (1974). "Validation of subgradient optimization". Mathematical Programming. 6: 62–88. doi:10.1007/BF01580223.
  • Wolfe, P. (1959). "The Simplex Method for Quadratic Programming". Econometrica. 27 (3): 382–398. doi:10.2307/1909468. JSTOR 1909468.

External Information

  • INFORMS: Biography of Philip Wolfe from the Institute for Operations Research and the management Sciences

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