Researcher Lex Schrijver of CWI has been awarded the EURO Gold Medal 2015. This prize is considered the highest European distinction in Operational Research (OR) and is awarded by the Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO). Schrijver received the prize this week at the 27th European Conference on Operational Research in Glasgow.
Lex Schrijver is CWI Fellow in the Networks & Optimization group at CWI and professor in mathematics at the University of Amsterdam. He is a world-renowned authority in the field of discrete mathematics and optimization and has been a researcher at CWI since 1989. He is best known to the general public for his work on the optimization of the Dutch railway timetable. For his work Schrijver has received numerous awards and honours, including the NWO Spinoza Prize, Fulkerson Prize (twice), Dantzig Prize, Frederick W. Lanchester Prize (twice), John von Neumann Theory Prize, and the Franz Edelman Award. He is Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and a SIAM Fellow, has honorary doctorates from the University of Waterloo and the Loránd Eötvös University and is a Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion.
The EURO Gold Medal is the highest distinction within OR in Europe. It is conferred on a prominent person for an outstanding contribution to OR, and is officially bestowed at the opening plenary session of a EURO Conference. The laureate receives a medal in gold.
Image: Lex Schrijver wearing the EURO Gold medal at EURO 2015. Courtesy of Sarah Fores