Nobel Prize-winning University of Maryland professor dies

Thomas Schelling, a Nobel Prize-winning University of Maryland professor, dies.

Thomas Schelling, a Nobel Prize-winning professor at the University of Maryland, died Tuesday at age 95, university officials announced.

Dr. Schelling, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and Department of Economics since 1990, won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2005. He won the prize for his study of game theory, which examines mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between rational people.

"While Tom was best known for receiving the Nobel Prize, to us he was a teacher, leader and a truly beloved member of our community," Robert C. Orr, dean of the school of public policy, wrote in a note to students. "His presence, ideas and collaborations were valued by his colleagues, and the grand connections he forged far and wide were humbled by his personal ties with his appreciative students. In fact, at one Maryland Day, students celebrated his success by noshing on Tom's favorite sandwich — peanut butter and jelly on raisin bread."

Dr. Orr called Dr. Schelling "an extraordinary human being who leaves a legacy in the school and on campus that is unique."

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