Martin J. Beckmann, German economist, Died at 92


Martin Joseph Beckmann was born on July 5, 1924, Ratingen, Germany and died on April 11, 2017.

He was a professor for Economics and Applied Mathematics.

Beckmann was professor at the University of Chicago, University of Yale and Brown University, as well as the University of Bonn and Technische Universität München.

Martin had received honorary degrees from the University of Karlsruhe, the University of Umeå and the University of the Bundeswehr Hamburg.

Beckmann served as the president of the European Regional Science Association and received the Regional Science Founders Medal in 1983.

Beckmann’s research spread over a wide field in spatial analysis and spatial economics, with a special focus on transport economics.

He established basic principles for user behavior on congested transportation networks, as well as for optimal network vehicle flows, when user choices are respectively uncoordinated or coordinated.

His participation enabled the launched of the new subfield of transportation network economics.

Martin Beckmann passed away at 92 years old