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The founder of the field of regional science and its most prominent scholar in industrial location theory and methods of regional analysis, Walter Isard (1919–) established an interdisciplinary movement of regional and urban research in North America, Europe, and Asia. Through his determined leadership and insistent persuasion, Isard encouraged economists, geographers, sociologists, and urban, regional, and transportation planners to construct theories of urban and regional phenomena and to apply methods of analysis to the emerging policy issues of the middle and late twentieth century.

Isard's research contributions, while large and diverse, tend toward imaginative syntheses of current and earlier research, as contrasted with wholly new theory and methods. His interests in the location of regional and urban activities, formed during his graduate studies, led to ...

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