Tributes to Robert Herman

Ardekani, Siamak A.; Mahnassani, Hani S.
May 1997
Transportation Science;May97, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p101
Academic Journal
Robert Herman, a past president of Operations Research Society of America (ORSA) and one of the founders and the first chairman of the Transportation Science Section, passed away in Austin, Texas, on February 13, 1997. Herman is internationally recognized as the originator of traffic science. His contributions span the entire 40 years of scientific activity in this field. Drawing upon his physics background, he first described the microscopic behavior of traffic. Herman has received numerous awards, including the Transportation Research Board Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award, the National Academy of Sciences Henry Draper Medal, the ORSA and Institute of Management Sciences John Von Neumann Theory Prize for fundamental contributions to the theory of vehicular traffic, the William A. Patterson Distinguished Lectureship in Transportation from Northwestern University (1993), etc. Throughout his distinguished career, he encouraged and stimulated other scientists to address critical problems facing society, including transportation problems.


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