Michel Louis Balinski is a mathematician whose principal interests have been in economics, operations research and the management sciences, and political science. American, educated in the United States, he has lived and worked primarily in the United States and France. He is known for his contributions to optimization (combinatorial, linear, nonlinear); convex polyhedra; stable matching; and the theory and practice of electoral systems, in particular, (i) a new ("biproportional") method of voting for allocating representatives to regions and parties now used in several Swiss cantons, and (ii) a new method  of voting ("majority judgment") to designate winners and rank all competitors. 

He is Directeur de recherche de classe exceptionnelle (emeritus) of the C.N.R.S. at the Ecole Polytechnique (Paris). He is the Founding Editor of Mathematical Programming and a former President of the Mathematical Optimization Society. In 2013 he  was awarded the John von Neumann Theory Prize by INFORMS  for “fundamental, sustained contributions to theory in operations research and the management sciences.”

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