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Journal honors Kuhn with best paper award

The scientific journal Naval Research Logistics has established an annual "best paper" award in honor of Princeton mathematician Harold Kuhn and has given the first of the awards to Kuhn for a paper published in 1955.

The award was announced Oct. 25 at the annual meeting of the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences in Denver.

In creating the award, the publishers and editors of the journal sought the paper best representing the journal since its founding in 1954. Kuhn, professor of mathematical economics emeritus, was selected for his classic paper "The Hungarian Method for the Assignment Problem."

According to the journal's citation, "This pioneering paper set a style for both the content and exposition of many other algorithms in combinatorial optimization and also directly inspired the primal-dual algorithm for more general linear optimization problems."

"Professor Kuhn's enduring contributions to optimization, discrete and continuous, linear and nonlinear, from its earliest days in the 1950s, are legendary," the citation continues. "He is a man who was in the right place at the right time, with the right stuff."

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