Victor Klee

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Victor Klee in 1980

Victor L. Klee, Jr. (September 18, 1925, San Francisco – August 17, 2007, Lakewood, Ohio) was a mathematician specialising in convex sets, functional analysis, analysis of algorithms, optimization, and combinatorics. He spent almost his entire career at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Born in San Francisco, Vic Klee earned his B.A. degree in 1945 with high honors from Pomona College, majoring in mathematics and chemistry. He did his graduate studies, including a thesis on Convex Sets in Linear Spaces, and received his PhD in mathematics from the University of Virginia in 1949. After teaching several years at the University of Virginia, he moved in 1953 to the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, where he was a faculty member for 54 years.[1] Klee wrote more than 240 research papers. He proposed Klee's measure problem and the Art gallery theorem, and Kleetopes are also named after him. Klee served as president of the Mathematical Association of America from 1971 to 1973.[1] In 1972 he won a Lester R. Ford Award.[2]


  1. ^ a b Gritzmann, Peter; Sturmfels, Bernd (April 2008). "Victor L. Klee 1925–2007" (PDF). Notices of the American Mathematical Society (Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society) 55 (4): 467–473. ISSN 0002-9920. 
  2. ^ Klee, Victor (1971). What is a convex set?. Amer. Math. Monthly 78. pp. 616–631. doi:10.2307/2316569. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Grünbaum, Branko; Robert R. Phelps; Peter L. Renz; Kenneth A. Ross (November 2007). "Remembering Vic Klee" (PDF). Maa Focus (Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America) 27 (8): 20–22. ISSN 0731-2040. Retrieved 2009-05-22.  Short biography, and reminiscences of colleagues.
  • Klee, Victor; Minty, George J. (1972). "How good is the simplex algorithm?". In Shisha, Oved. Inequalities III (Proceedings of the Third Symposium on Inequalities held at the University of California, Los Angeles, Calif., September 1–9, 1969, dedicated to the memory of Theodore S. Motzkin). New York-London: Academic Press. pp. 159–175. MR 332165. 

See also[edit]

External links[edit]