Victor Klee
Victor L. Klee, Jr. (September 18, 1925 – August 17, 2007) 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.
Victor L. Klee  

Born  
Died  August 17, 2007 81) Lakewood, Ohio, U.S.  (aged
Alma mater  University of Virginia (Ph.D.) 
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Awards 

Scientific career  
Fields  Mathematics 
Institutions  University of Washington 
Thesis  Convex Sets in Linear Spaces (1949) 
Doctoral advisor  Edward James McShane 
Life
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 for 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] He died in Lakewood, Ohio.
Research
Klee wrote more than 240 research papers. He proposed Klee's measure problem and the art gallery theorem. Kleetopes are also named after him, as is the Klee–Minty cube,[2] which shows that the simplex algorithm for linear programming does not work in polynomial time in the worst–case scenario.
Service and recognition
Klee served as president of the Mathematical Association of America from 1971 to 1973.[1] In 1972 he won a Lester R. Ford Award.[3]
Notes
 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 00029920.
 Klee, Victor; Minty, George J. (1972). "How good is the simplex algorithm?". In Shisha, Oved (ed.). 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 YorkLondon: Academic Press. pp. 159–175. MR 0332165.
 Klee, Victor (1971). "What is a convex set?". Amer. Math. Monthly. 78 (6): 616–631. doi:10.2307/2316569. JSTOR 2316569.
Further reading
 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 07312040. Retrieved 20090522. Short biography, and reminiscences of colleagues.
External links
 Applied Geometry and Discrete Mathematics a volume dedicated to Klee on his 65th birthday.
 Brief obituary at the Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
 AMS column: People Making a Difference
 Victor Klee at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
 MAA presidents: Victor LaRue Klee
 Shapes of the Future: Some unsolved problems in geometry. Two dimensions, Three dimensions