@article{OrchardHays1984HistoryOM,
title={History of Mathematical Programming Systems},
author={W. Orchard-Hays},
journal={Annals of the History of Computing},
year={1984},
volume={6},
pages={296-312}
}

The systematic development of practical computing methods for linear programming (LP) began in 1952 at the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, under the direction of George B. Dantzig. The author worked intensively on this project there until late 1956, by which time great progress had been made on first-generation computers. The work continued at CEIR, Inc., in Washington for some years and later in many places by many individuals and firms. By the late 1960s, elaborate systems of programs known… CONTINUE READING