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Call Number: SC1175
Drews, William P.
Title: William P. Drews papers
4.5 Linear feet
Language(s): The materials are in English.
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William P. Drews (1926-1999), commonly called Bill, studied at Berkeley under George Dantzig from December through June of
1962. Bill Drews was employed by Esso (now Exxon Mobil) in operations research and used linear programming techniques to assist
with the company’s long range planning. He used George Dantzig (later a professor at Stanford University) as a consultant
many times for assistance in solving massive linear programming problems. Bill and one of his co-workers published a paper
“MATHEMATICAL APPROACH TO LONG-RANGE PLANNING” By Leo Rapoport and William P. Drews Harvard Business Review Vol. 40, No- 3,
May–June 1962, pp. 75–87.
Drews was the source of the "Drews institutionalized divvy economy" paper by George Dantzig from 1973, and presented a paper
at the symposium honoring Dantzig's 85th birthday.
Drews retired from Exxon in 1982, but he worked on and completed a monograph on a computable function space for the optimization
of linear programming before he died in 1999.
Scope and Contents
William P. Drews (1926-1999) worked at Exxon for many years. When he retired in 1982, he began working on a monograph on a
computable function space for the optimization of linear programming. This collection contains three boxes of working files
for his monograph. Drews created a code or abbreviation for many of the subject files related to the monograph.
The collection also includes some correspondence and monograph revisions from Drews’ son Carl Drews and Drews’ friend and
colleague Richard G. Segers.