Victor LaRue Klee, Jr. (September 18, 1925 – August 17, 2007) was a mathematician specialising in convex sets, functional analysis, analysis of algorithms, optimization, and combinatorics. He spent almost his entire career at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Victor Klee  

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Died  August 17, 2007 Lakewood, Ohio, U.S.  (aged 81)
Education  Pomona College University of Virginia (Ph.D.) 
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Scientific career  
Fields  Mathematics 
Institutions  University of Washington 
Thesis  Convex Sets in Linear Spaces (1949) 
Doctoral advisor  Edward James McShane 
Doctoral students  Bernd Sturmfels Robert Phelps 
Born in San Francisco, Vic Klee earned his B.A. degree in 1945 with high honors from Pomona College, majoring in mathematics and chemistry. He did his graduate studies, including a thesis on Convex Sets in Linear Spaces, and received his PhD in mathematics from the University of Virginia in 1949. After teaching for several years at the University of Virginia, he moved in 1953 to the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, where he was a faculty member for 54 years.^{[1]} He died in Lakewood, Ohio.
Klee wrote more than 240 research papers. He proposed Klee's measure problem and the art gallery problem. Kleetopes are also named after him, as is the Klee–Minty cube,^{[2]} which shows that the simplex algorithm for linear programming does not work in polynomial time in the worst–case scenario.
Klee served as president of the Mathematical Association of America from 1971 to 1973.^{[1]} In 1972 he won a Lester R. Ford Award.^{[3]} In 1977 the MAA recognized Klee by presenting him with their Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics.^{[4]}