What Real Life Problems Motivated the Creation of the (Famous) Simplex Algorithm?
I was reading about the (famous) Simplex Algorithm :
My Question: Were there any real world problems that people (e.g. Dantzig) were working on that required the an algorithm similar to the Simplex Algorithm ? Or was the Simplex Algorithm developed as an exercise in pure mathematics, with no real intended application in mind other than to demonstrate certain theoretical properties of functions?