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Ženíšek Alexander

Prof., RNDr., DrSc.
Born January 29, 1936 in Brno, † 2020 

  • Mathematics, the finite element method
  • Member of Learned Society since 1994 (Founding member)

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1954, graduate, eleven-year secondary school, Brno-Husovice;
  • 1954-1959, physics study, Faculty of Natural Science, J. E. Purkyně University
    (FS JEPU), Brno;
  • 1960-1964, external study of mathematics, FD JEPU;
  • 1967, RNDr. (mathematics);
  • 1968, CSc. (mathematics);
  • 1969, Associate Professor of physics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology (FME BUT);
  • 1978, Associate Professor of approximate and numerical methods;
  • 1981, DrSc. in approximate and numerical methods;
  • 1986, Full Professor of mathematics in approximate and numerical methods

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1959-1962, assistant lecturer, Department of Physics, FME BUT;
  • 1962-1972, lecturer there;
  • 1972-1975, principal scientist, Laboratory of Computers, BUT (this institution was later renamed the Area Computer Centre at BUT);
  • 1976-1981, senior scientist there;
  • 1981-January 1990, senior scientist there;
  • February 1990-present, Professor of mathematics, Institute of Mathematics,
    FME BUT (1994-2003 Director of this Institute);
  • 1993, founded and later developed professional five-year study of Mathematical Engineering at FME BUT.

Notable awards:

  • 2001, Gold Medal, FME BUT (or lifelong contributions to the development of this faculty)

Selected publications:

  • A. Ženíšek: Interpolation polynomials on the triangle. Numer. Math. 15, 283-296 (1970)
  • A. Ženíšek: Polynomial approximation on tetrahedrons in the finite element method. J. Approx. Theory 7, 334-351 (1973)
  • A. Ženíšek: A general theorem on triangular finite Cm-elements. RAIRO Numer. Anal. 8, 119-127 (1974)
  • Kolář V., Kratochvíl J., Leitner F., Ženíšek A.: Berechnung von Flächen- und Raumtrag-werken nach der Methode der finiten Elemente. Springer Verlag, Wien, New York-Prague 1975 (425 pp.)
  • A. Ženíšek: Curved triangular finite Cm-elements. Apl. Mat. 23, 346-377 (1978)
  • A. Ženíšek: Discrete forms of Friedrichs’ inequalities in the finite element method. RAIRO Numer. Anal. 15, 265-286 (1981)
  • Feistauer M., Ženíšek A.: Finite element solution of nonlinear elliptic problems. Numer. Math. 50, 451-475 (1987)
  • A. Ženíšek: Finite element variational crimes in parabolic-elliptic problems. Part I. Nonlinear schemes. Numer. Math. 52, 343-376 (1989)
  • A. Ženíšek: Nonlinear Elliptic and Evolution Problems and Their Finite Element Approximations. Academic Press, London 1990 (422 pages)
  • A. Ženíšek: The finite element method for nonlinear elliptic equations with discontinuous coefficients. Numer. Math. 58, 51-77 (1990)
  • A. Ženíšek: Variational problems in domains with cusp-points. Appl. Math. 38, 381-402 (1993)
  • M. Vanmaele, A. Ženíšek: External finite element approximations of eigenvalue problems. Math. Model. Anal. Numer. 27, 565-589 (1993).
  • M. Vanmaele, A. Ženíšek: The combined effect of numerical integration and approximation of the boundary in the finite element method for eigenvalue problems. Numer. Math. 71, 109-122 (1995).
  • A. Ženíšek, M. Vanmaele: The interpolation theorem for narrow quadrilateral isoparametric finite elements. Numer. Math. 71, 253-273 (1995).
  • A. Ženíšek: Maximum-angle condition and triangular finite elements of Hermite type. Math. Comput. 64, 929-941 (1995)
  • A. Ženíšek: Finite element variational crimes in the case of semiregular finite elements. Appl. Math. 41, 367-398 (1996).
  • A. Ženíšek: Surface Integral and Gauss-Ostrogradskij Theorem from the Viewpoint of Applications. Appl. Math. 44 (1999), No.3 (separate number, 73 pp.)
  • A. Ženíšek: On a generalization of Nikolskij’s extension theorem in the case of two variables. Appl. Math. 48, 367-404 (2003)
  • A. Ženíšek: Extensions from the Sobolev spaces satisfying prescribed Dirichlet boundary conditions. Appl. Math. 49, 405-413 (2004)
  • A. Ženíšek: Sobolev Spaces and Their Applications in the Finite Element Method. VUTIUM, Brno 2004 (525 pages)

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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.