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Ralph Gomory

Ralph Gomory

Joined Stern 2008

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 8-67
New York, NY 10012

E-mail rgomory@stern.nyu.edu
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Ralph Gomory joined New York University Stern School of Business as a Research Professor in April 2008.

Prior to joining NYU Stern, Professor Gomory was President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation from 1989 to 2007. During his tenure at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the foundation became a pioneer in the field of on-line learning, and also initiated a major program advocating a more flexible workplace. The foundation also supported the widely recognized Sloan Sky Survey, and initiated the Census of Marine Life, a major worldwide effort to survey ocean life.

Before joining the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Gomory served as both head of IBM's Research Division and than as IBM Senior Vice President for Science and Technology. During his 30-year tenure at IBM, the firm's researchers invented what is now known as RISC architecture, and developed the concept, theory and first prototype of relational databases. They also won two successive Nobel Prizes in physics.

Professor Gomory's research interests include studies of the nature of technology and product development, and models of international trade that include technological change and economies of scale. He has contributed extensively to the mathematical fields of linear and integer programming. He co-authored the MIT Press book, Global Trade and Conflicting National Interests with NYU Stern Professor William Baumol.

Professor Gomory is a member of the National Academy of Science and the National Academy of Engineering. He has been a trustee of Princeton University and has served on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Professor Gomory was awarded eight honorary degrees and many prizes including the National Medal of Science. He was a director of several Fortune 500 companies including the Washington Post Company and the Bank of New York, and was named one of America's ten best directors by Director's Alert magazine in 2000.

Professor Gomory graduated from Williams College, studied at Cambridge University and received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Princeton University in 1954.

Research Interests

  • The nature of technology and product development
  • Models of international trade that include technological change and economies of scale

Academic Background

Ph.D., Mathematics, 1954
Princeton University