The Harold Larnder Prize is awarded annually to an individual who has achieved international distinction in operational research. The prize winner delivers the Harold Larnder Memorial Lecture, on a topic of general interest to operational researchers, at the National Conference of the Canadian Operational Research Society.
Harold Larnder was a well-known Canadian in wartime OR. He played a major part in the development of an effective, radar-based, air defence system during the Battle of Britain. He returned to Canada in 1951 to join the Canadian Defence Research Board and was President of CORS in 1966-67.
George Nemhauser received a Ph.D. in operations research from Northwestern University. He has held visiting faculty positions at the University of Leeds, U.K., and the University of Louvain, Belgium. Dr. Nemhauser was co-director of the Logistics Engineering Center at Georgia Tech.
He is the founding editor of Operations Research Letters, was editor of Operations Research and co-editor of Handbooks of Operations Research and Management Science. His honors and awards include membership in the National Academy of Engineering, the Kimball Medal, the Lanchester Prize (twice awarded), and Morse lecturer of ORSA. His logistics research focus is in discrete optimization.
His current interests are in solving large-scale mixed-integer programming problems. He is actively working on several applications, especially crew and fleet scheduling problems in the airline industry.