Born in Portland (OR), I was the son of a Baltic German mathematician father and a French linguist mother...who gave me my middle name "Bernard" in honor of George Bernard Shaw.
After earning a B.A. in mathematics/physics from the University of Maryland and M.S. in mathematics from the University of Michigan, I got a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of CaliforniaBerkeley.
My experience in a statistics class with professor Jerzy Neyman is the inspiration for the movie Good Will Hunting...arriving late to the first class, I saw two problems written on the board and assumed they were a homework assignment...I copied them, solved them, and handed them in a few days later...only to learn that they were examples of (formerly) unproven difficult statistical theorems.
Historians consider me to be one of the three cofounders of linear programming, along with John von Neumann and Leonid Kantorovich.
As a leader in the area of operations research at the Rand Corporation, UCBerkeley, and Stanford, I developed the idea of the simplex algorithm, an algorithm for solving linear programming problems.
Answer:
George Bernard Dantzig (1914 – 2005)
