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Guide to the William P. Drews Papers
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  • Overview
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC1175
    Creator: Drews, William P.
    Title: William P. Drews papers
    Dates: 1982-1995
    Physical Description: 4.5 Linear feet
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Green Library
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information

    Information about Access

    The materials are open for research use. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

    Ownership & Copyright

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/spc/using-collections/permission-publish.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Biographical/Historical note

    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.

    Access Terms

    Linear programming.
    Operations research.