Duckstein, Lucien

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Lucien Duckstein - 2015 (France)


Lucien Duckstein was born in France and his early life was greatly affected by WWII during which he was sent to a Nazi concentration camp. The story of his youth and survival of the Holocaust is told in Lucien's Story (1996).

Professor Duckstein held joint positions in the Departments of Hydrology and Water Resources and of Systems and Industrial Engineering at the University of Arizona until his retirement when he was appointed as Professor Emeritus.

He was also a Distinguished Professor at the University of Sarajevo in Yugoslavia and a Humboldt Senior Scientist in Karlsruhe, Germany. A consultant for many nations and research programs, Dr. Duckstein traveled widely in both Western and Eastern Europe.

After retirement, Dr. Duckstein returned home to France where he resided until his death as the result of a car accident in July 2015.

Hydrological Achievements[edit]

Lucien Duckstein made major contributions to multi-objective analysis, decision theory, statistical and Bayesian decision theory, fuzzy logic with applications to hydrology and water resources.. In the later part of his career he was the foremost proponent of the use of fuzzy sets and methods in hydrological modelling and water resources management.

Reference Material[edit]

Major Publications[edit]


Duckstein, L., 1995. Fuzzy rule-based modeling with applications to geophysical, biological, and engineering systems (Vol. 8). CRC press.

Goicoechea, A., Hansen, D.R. and Duckstein, L., 1982. Multiobjective decision analysis with engineering and business applications. Wiley: New York

Szidarovszky, F., Gershon, M.E. and Duckstein, L. (Eds), 1986. Techniques for multiobjective decision making in systems management. Elsevier Science Ltd. ISBN 9780444425928

Lucien Duckstein, Erich J. Plate, 1987, Engineering Reliability and Risk in Water Resources, NATO ASI Series, Volume 124, ISBN: 978-94-010-8100-9 (Print) 978-94-009-3577-8 (Online)


Duckstein, L and Kisiel C C, 1971, EFFICIENCY OF HYDROLOGIC DATA COLLECTION SYSTEMS ROLE OF TYPE I AND II ERRORS, JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association 7(3): 592–604

Kisiel, C.C., Duckstein, L. and Fogel, M.M., 1971. Analysis of ephemeral flow in aridlands. Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 97(10), pp.1699-1717.

Duckstein, Lucien, Martin M. Fogel, and Chester C. Kisiel. 1972, "A stochastic model of runoff‐producing rainfall for summer type storms." Water Resources Research 8(2): 410-421.

Lovell, R.E., Duckstein, L. and Kisiel, C.C., 1972. Use of subjective information in estimation of aquifer parameters. Water Resources Research, 8(3), pp.680-690.

Davis, Donald R., Chester C. Kisiel, and Lucien Duckstein. 1972, "Bayesian decision theory applied to design in hydrology." Water Resources Research 8(1): 33-41.

Monarchi, D.E., Kisiel, C.C. and Duckstein, L., 1973. Interactive multiobjective programing in water resources: A case study. Water Resources Research, 9(4), pp.837-850.

David, L. and Duckstein, L., 1976. MULTI‐CRITERION RANKING OF ALTERNATIVE LONG‐RANGE WATER RESOURCE SYSTEMS1. JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 12(4), pp.731-754.

Duckstein, L. and Opricovic, S., 1980. Multiobjective optimization in river basin development. Water Resources Research, 16(1), pp.14-20.

Gershon, M., Duckstein, L. and McAniff, R., 1982. Multiobjective river basin planning with qualitative criteria. Water Resources Research, 18(2), pp.193-202.

Gershon, M. and Duckstein, L., 1983. Multiobjective approaches to river basin planning. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 109(1), pp.13-28.

Bogárdi, I., Bárdossy, A. and Duckstein, L., 1985. Multicriterion network design using geostatistics. Water Resources Research, 21(2), pp.199-208.

Bardossy, A., Bogardi, I. and Duckstein, L., 1990. Fuzzy regression in hydrology. Water Resources Research, 26(7), pp.1497-1508.

Pereira, J.M. and Duckstein, L., 1993. A multiple criteria decision-making approach to GIS-based land suitability evaluation. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 7(5), pp.407-424.

Bardossy, A., Duckstein, L. and Bogardi, I., 1993. Combination of fuzzy numbers representing expert opinions. Fuzzy Sets and Systems, 57(2), pp.173-181.

Bardossy, A., Duckstein, L. and Bogardi, I., 1995. Fuzzy rule‐based classification of atmospheric circulation patterns. International Journal of Climatology, 15(10), pp.1087-1097.

Shrestha, B.P., Duckstein, L. and Stakhiv, E.Z., 1996. Fuzzy rule-based modeling of reservoir operation. Journal of water resources planning and management, 122(4), pp.262-269.

Raju, K.S., Duckstein, L. and Arondel, C., 2000. Multicriterion analysis for sustainable water resources planning: a case study in Spain. Water Resources Management, 14(6), pp.435-456.

Özelkan, E.C. and Duckstein, L., 2000. Multi-objective fuzzy regression: a general framework. Computers & Operations Research, 27(7), pp.635-652.

Özelkan, E.C. and Duckstein, L., 2001. Fuzzy conceptual rainfall–runoff models. Journal of hydrology, 253(1), pp.41-68.

Tran, L. and Duckstein, L., 2002. Comparison of fuzzy numbers using a fuzzy distance measure. Fuzzy sets and systems, 130(3), pp.331-341.


Aleksandra Kroh, 1996, Lucien's Story (translated by Austryn Wainhouse), Marlborough Books [1]