David Luenberger

David Gilbert Luenberger (born September 16, 1937)[1] is a mathematical scientist known for his research and his textbooks, which center on mathematical optimization. He is a professor in the department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University.

David G. Luenberger
Born (1937-09-16) September 16, 1937 (age 82)
Alma materStanford University
Known forLuenberger observer
Scientific career
InstitutionsStanford University
Doctoral advisorWilliam Linvill
Doctoral studentsDarrell Duffie


Luenberger was one of the original founders of the Department of Engineering-Economic Systems in 1967. He served as chairman of the department for eleven years. He worked as a professor at the University for 50 years, retiring as of 2015.

He has over 70 technical publications on systems and control, in optimization, in microeconomics, and in financial engineering.[2] His Investment Science is widely prescribed and referenced by finance academics and practitioners.

He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1959, and he received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1963.[3] In his dissertation Luenberger introduced new methods for construction of state observers. The celebrated Luenberger observer is named after him.


  • ——— (2006). Information Science. Princeton University Press.
  • ——— (1997). Investment Science. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • ——— (1995). Microeconomic Theory. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • ———; Ye, Yinyu (2008). Linear and nonlinear programming. International Series in Operations Research & Management Science. 116 (Third ed.). New York: Springer. pp. xiv+546. ISBN 978-0-387-74502-2. MR 2423726.
  • ——— (1979). Introduction to Dynamic Systems: Theory, Models and Applications. New York: John Wiley and Sons.
  • ——— (1997) [1969]. Optimization by Vector Space Methods. New York: John Wiley and Sons. ISBN 0-471-18117-X.


  1. ^ IEEE Membership Directory, Volumes 1–2. p. 275.
  2. ^ MS&E | People | Faculty | Luenberger
  3. ^ "David Luenberger". profiles.stanford.edu. Retrieved 14 August 2015.

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