About Paul Gray


In Memorium:  1930 - 2012

Founding Chair of Information Science at Claremont Graduate University
Paul Gray specialized in information systems, particularly decision support systems, knowledge management, data warehousing and electronic commerce.

Before coming to Claremont in 1983, he was a professor at Stanford University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Southern California, and Southern Methodist University. He was a professor for over 30 years and served as department chair 15 years.

Prior to his academic career, he worked for 16 years in research and development organizations including nine years at SRI International.

Prof. Gray retired in May 2001, but continued to teach, conduct research, consult, and curate the Paul Gray PC Museum at Claremont Graduate University until he passed away in 2012.

  • He authored three "first papers": in crime and transportation, in telecommuting, and in group decision support systems.
  • He was co-principal investigator the NSF study of the societal impact of personal computers 1977-1979.
  • He was the author of over 130 journal articles
  • He was the author/editor of 13 academic books, most recently Manager's Guide to Making Decisions About Information Systems published by Wiley

  • LEO Award of the Association For Information Systems for lifetime achievement.
  • Fellow of the Association for Information Systems. He was in the first group of Fellows named.
  • Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. He was in the first group of Fellows named.
  • Kimball Medal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.
  • Educator of the Year 2000 by EDSIG.
  • NATO Systems Science Prize.

  • Founding editor of the Communications of AIS, an electronic journal published by the Association for Information Systems (7 years).
  • Editor of the International Transactions on Operational Research (2 years).
  • Founding editor, International Information Systems.
  • Series Editor, TutORials in Operations Research.
  • Member of the editorial board of seven journals.

National Elected Offices
  • President, The Institute of Management Sciences for 1992-93, and previously president-elect, vice president at large, and secretary of TIMS, over a 10-year period
  • President of Omega Rho, a professional honorary society in operations research, 1988-1990
  • Member of the Council of the Operations Research Society of America

  • Ph.D. in Operations Research from Stanford University.

  • Co-chair, Joint ACM-AIS Committee on the MS Program in Information Systems.
  • Information Science Program and Executive Management Program at Claremont Graduate University from 1983-2001. Courses include: Role of the computer in the organization, Data warehousing, Knowledge management, Seminar in the management of information systems (a doctoral seminar), Productivity in the office and the factory, Decision support Systems, Executive information systems, Electronic commerce, Information Systems for Executives
  • Visiting Professor, University of California, Irvine
  • Taught previously in Management Science, Industrial Engineering, and Information Systems