At the age of 98, Professor Jay W. Forrester, who first developed System Dynamics and described the Bullwhip Effect, passed away on the 16th of November 2016.
As a bachelor student, I read Industrial Dynamics. The insights therein inspired me to pursue a career in Supply Chain Management, academics and simulation optimization. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to meet or listen live to a speech of Jay W. Forrester, but I am truly thankful to him for enabling me and my colleagues the world round to investigate complex questions with System Dynamics.
Please visit the memorial page and feel free to leave a comment. There you can also read his biography as well as about his great contributions and achievements.
– Forrester, JW (1961) Industrial Dynamics. Waltham, MA: Pegasus Communications.