Papers of Professor K. Brian Haley relating to 'Operational Research Quarterly'

Scope and Content

The archive consists of the papers of Professor Haley relating to his work on the Editorial Committee of 'Operational Research Quarterly', the magazine of the Operational Research Society, 1961-1977. The papers include agendas, minutes, reports and correspondence of the committee

Administrative / Biographical History

Having read maths at Birmingham University in the 1950s, Haley was a research assistant in the Department of Engineering Production at the University 1953-7. He was part of the National Coal Board's Operational Research Group 1957-9. From 1959, he has taught at Birmingham University, becoming the countrys first formal lecturer in operational research. In 1968, he became Professor of Operational Research, and is currently based at the School of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham. He became an associate member of the Operational Research Society (ORS) in 1954; helping to found the Midlands Operational Research Group in 1959. He was the editor of 'International Abstracts in Operations Research' in 1960, serving on the ORS Publications Committee 1960-80. He also spent four years on the ORS Council and was editor of the 'Journal of the Operational Research Society'.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

This collection forms part of the Operational Research and Operational Research Society Archive which was deposited with the Centre by operational research practitioners.

The archive was deposited with the Modern Records Centre in December 1997 by the Operational Research Society. It forms part of the Operational Research Archive in response to a request from the Archives Committee of the Operational Research Society.

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Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Centre holds the following other collections relating to the history, development and practice of operational research and to pioneers and practitioners in this field (collectively known as the Operational Research Archive): British European Airways: Operational Research Branch (MSS.335/AI/1); British Overseas Airways Corporation: Operational Research Branch (MSS.335/AI/2); British Steel Operational Research papers and Memoranda (MSS.335/BS); the Papers of Professor Stephen Cook (MSS.335/CK); the Community Operational Research Unit (MSS.335/COR); the East Midlands Operational Research Group (MSS.335/EMORG); Papers of the Fellowship for Operational Research (MSS.335/FOR); papers for British Gas Operational Research (MSS.335/GA); British Gas North West Operational Research Reports (MSS.335/GA/NW); GKN Operational Research Reports (MSS.335/GKN); Fellowship for Operational Research (MSS.335/FOR); International Federation of Operational Research Societies (MSS.335/IFORS);Interviews with Operational Research Pioneers and Related Papers (MSS.335/INT); the Institute for Operational Research (MSS.335/IOR); the Local Government Operational Research Unit (MSS.335/LG); Miscellaneous and Fragmentary Operational Research Papers (MSS.335/MIS); Operational Analysis Branch, NATO (MSS.335/OAB); Draft Obituaries of Operational Research Practitioners (MSS.335/OBIT); the Papers of Jack Plymen (MSS.335/PLY); the Papers of Rolphe C. Tomlinson (MSS.335/TOM); and the Papers of Dr Edward D. van Rest (MSS.335/VR).