Abraham Charnes earned his bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois. He taught at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Purdue, and Northwestern Universities. He was an internationally renowned expert in developing new and advanced mathematical methods used for management problem solving. He was a finalist for the Nobel Prize in economics in 1975. During his career, he authored over 200 scholarly articles and coauthored seven books. He died in 1992 at the age of 75.