Kantorovich worked for the Soviet government. He was given the task of optimizing production in a plywood industry. He came up (1939) with the mathematical technique now known as linear programming, some years before it was reinvented and much advanced by George Dantzig. He authored several books including The Mathematical Method of Production Planning and Organization and The Best Uses of Economic Resources.
Who killed the Soviet economy? Historical detection.(The disaster of Soviet planning)(Red Plenty: Industry! Progress! Abundance! Inside the Fifties' Soviet Dream By Francis Spufford)(Book review)
Aug 21, 2010; But it was always cake tomorrow EVERYONE knows that economic central planning in the Soviet Union was a failure. Many people can...