Alexander Rinnooy Kan

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Alexander Rinnooy Kan
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Alexander Rinnooy Kan in 2010
Member of the Senate
Assumed office
9 June 2015
Parliamentary groupDemocrats 66
Chairman of the Social
and Economic Council
In office
1 April 2006 – 1 September 2012
Preceded byHerman Wijffels
Succeeded byWiebe Draijer
Member of the Social and
Economic Council
In office
1 January 1991 – 1 August 1996
ChairmanTheo Quené (1991–1996)
Klaas de Vries (1996)
Personal details
Born
Alexander Hendrik George Rinnooy Kan

(1949-10-05) 5 October 1949 (age 69)
Scheveningen, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyDemocrats 66 (from 1980)
ResidenceAerdenhout, Netherlands
Alma materUniversity of Amsterdam
(Bachelor of Mathematics, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy)
Leiden University
(Master of Mathematics)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Economist · Mathematician · Researcher · Businessman · Corporate director · Nonprofit director · Academic administrator · Trade association executive · Author · Professor

Alexander Hendrik George Rinnooy Kan (born 5 October 1949) is a Dutch politician of the Democrats 66 (D66) party, businessman and mathematician. He is a Member of the Senate since 9 June 2015 and a Professor of Economics and Business Studies at the University of Amsterdam since 1 September 2012.

Biography[edit]

Rinnooy Kan grew up in The Hague. He graduated in mathematics at Leiden University in 1972. In the same year, he obtained his B.Sc. degree in econometrics from the University of Amsterdam. In 1972–73, he worked as a mathematician at Spectrum Encyclopedia. From 1973 until 1977, he was a scientific employee in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Delft University of Technology (then called the Delft Technical College). In 1976, he obtained a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Amsterdam; he was advised by Gijsbert de Leve.[1]

In 1977, he went to the Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he became a full professor in Operations Research in 1980 at the age of 30. In 1983, he was appointed head of the Econometric Institute, and in 1986 rector magnificus of the university. In the meantime, he was visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley and MIT, among others.[2]

From 1991 until 1996, he was president of the employers federation VNO and, after the merger with NCW, of the VNO-NCW.[2] Between 1996 and 2006, Rinnooy Kan was a member of the board of directors of ING Group, where he was responsible for the Asian branch. He was a member of the Netherlands Innovation Platform until the platform was dissolved in 2010. From August 2006 until September 2012, he was president and crown-appointed member of the Dutch Social-Economic Council (SER). He was succeeded in this position by Wiebe Draijer. During his farewell party at SER he was appointed Commander in the Order of the Netherlands Lion.[3]

The Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant named him the most influential person in the Netherlands in 2007, 2008, and 2009.[4] Since 9 June 2015, he has been a member of the Senate on behalf of Democrats 66 (D66).

Publications[edit]

Books[edit]

  • 1985 The Traveling Salesman Problem: A Guided Tour of Combinatorial Optimization. With Eugene L. Lawler, Jan Karel Lenstra, and David B. Shmoys. John Wiley & Sons, New York, NY.
  • 1993, Logistics of Production and Inventory. Vol. 4. with Stephen C. Graves, and Paul Herbert Zipkin, eds.

Selected articles[edit]

  • Byrd, R. H., Dert, C. L., Rinnooy Kan, A. H. G., & Schnabel, R. B. (1990). "Concurrent Stochastic Methods for Global Optimization". Mathematical Programming, 46(1-3), 1-29.
  • Lenstra, A. K., A. H. G. Rinnooy Kan, and Alexander Schrijver. "History of Mathematical Programming: A Collection of Personal Reminiscences." (1991).
  • Bastian, Cock, and Alexander H. G. Rinnooy Kan. "The Stochastic Vehicle Routing Problem Revisited." European Journal of Operational Research 56.3 (1992): 407-412.
  • Flippo, O. E., & Rinnooy Kan, A. H. G. (1993). "Decomposition in General Mathematical Programming". Mathematical Programming, 60(1-3), 361-382.
  • Lawler, Eugene L., J. K. Lenstra, A. H. G. Rinnooy Kan, and D.B. Shmoys . "Sequencing and Scheduling: Algorithms and Complexity." Handbooks in Operations Research and Management Science 4 (1993): 445-522.

Decorations[edit]

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
NLD Order of the Dutch Lion - Commander BAR.png Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 1 September 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexander Rinnooy Kan at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ a b "Voorzitter - dr. A.H.G. (Alexander) Rinnooy Kan" (in Dutch). Social-Economic Council. Archived from the original on 3 January 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
  3. ^ "University Professor Alexander Rinnooy Kan appointed Commander in the Order of the Netherlands Lion". University of Amsterdam. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Rinnooy Kan weer invloedrijkste Nederlander" (in Dutch). NOS. 4 December 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-12-15. Retrieved 14 December 2010.

External links[edit]

Official
Civic offices
Preceded by
Herman Wijffels
Chairman of the Social
and Economic Council

2006–2012
Succeeded by
Wiebe Draijer
Preceded by
Fokko van Duyne
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of the
Central Bank of the Netherlands

2012–2015
Succeeded by
Wim Kuijken
Business positions
Preceded by
Koos Andriessen
Chairman of the
Industry and Employers confederation

1991–1996
Succeeded by
Hans Blankert
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Unknown
Chairman of the
Concertgebouw Foundation

2003–2015
Succeeded by
Hans Wijers
Chairman of the
EYE Film Institute
Netherlands

2008–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Douwe Breimer
Chairman of
Museum Boerhaave

2018–present
Academic offices
Preceded by
Ries van Hof
Rector Magnificus of the
Erasmus University Rotterdam

1986–1989
Succeeded by
Kees Rijnvos