The Beale Medal

The OR Society's Beale Medal is awarded in memory of the late Martin Beale. It gives recognition to a sustained contribution over many years to the theory, practice, or philosophy of OR in the UK, or to some combination of those areas. More details of Beale's life can be found in this short biography.

For each year, nominations are required to be sent to [email protected] by 30 April of that year. See the guidelines for more information.

Citation for Beale Medal 2023

Robert G Dyson (Warwick Business School)

Robert Dyson is Emeritus Professor at Warwick Business School. Robert has had a sustained and significantly impactful career in OR approaching 60 years. His career started in 1964 as a mathematician and senior systems technologist at Pilkington plc during which time he also undertook a PhD in OR at Lancaster University. In 1970 he joined Warwick University as a lecturer in OR and within 10 years rose to professor and served his first of two terms as head of the business school. He was head of the OR group at Warwick Business School for a number of years and as a senior member of the University, put his methods (related to OR and Strategy) into practice both at departmental and central university levels.

Robert has been hugely influential in a number of fields within OR and is one of few researchers whose research, practice and publication span both hard and soft OR. In the 1980’s and 1990’s he led a successful research team in the area of Data Envelopment Analysis and performance management at Warwick Business School that led to a number of highly cited works in the field. In addition, he has published journal articles and books in the area of OR and Strategy; much of his research in this area is empirically based with some originating from his two terms as pro-vice chancellor at Warwick University. He has additionally conducted research and published on the subjects of soft OR, financial modelling and stochastic programming.

He has also played a significant role in the development of the OR Society serving as president (1998-99) and leading the introduction of the current professional membership system. He served as chair of COPIOR from 1995-97 and was awarded Companion of OR in 2007. He chaired a number of the society’s conferences. More recently he has contributed internationally to the development of the field, serving as editor of the European Journal of Operational Research from 2006-2020. His most recent publication exploring the contribution of the founders to soft OR and OR practice has been very well received

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Robert G Dyson

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