Charles ReVelle

revelleAt the 1972 North American Meetings, Professor Charles ReVelle began his involvement in Regional Science with a presentation with Constantine Toregas on facility location under time or distance constraints. This paper was soon published in Papers of the Regional Science Association. That paper along with companion papers in Geographical Analysis and Operations Research have been cited more than 300 times. Since that time, ReVelle has contributed many papers to the regional science literature, primarily involving location models for public and private sector application. In 1974, Professor ReVelle published a paper with Richard Church on the maximal covering location problem that is the second highest cited paper in the history of Regional Science. In the early 1980’s ReVelle with his student John Current and a colleague Jared Cohon published in the Journal of Regional Science a paper on the shortest path covering model. This paper initiated a new direction in combining location and path concepts that has found application in transit systems as well as the design of other service systems. In 1983, the Wright, ReVelle and Cohon paper in Regional Science and Urban Economics broke new ground in modeling the acquisition of land. That paper is now considered a classic in optimizing the protection of land resources. Over his career, he wrote over 200 papers and monographs as well as 9 books, covering topics from optimal grain storage to modeling the environment. He had many co-authors, but his favorite and most important was his wife Penelope. For the last 35 years, it was virtually impossible not to see Chuck as an active participant or represented by many of his students at Regional Science Meetings. The Facility Location track at past regional science meetings can be attributed to his inspiration and encouragement. Professor ReVelle received the David E. Boyce award in Regional Science in 1998 and in 1996 he received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Section on Location Analysis of the Institutes for Operations Research and Management Science. Chuck passed away last year at the age of 67 from a rare form of cancer. He will be missed by his family, friends, colleagues and students. He has left a legacy of published work that will inspire those who follow him. It is unfortunate that Chuck is not here to receive this award, but it is fitting to honor him with the Walter Isard Award for Scholarly Achievement.

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