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Babuška Ivo

Prof., Ing., Dr., DrSc., Dr. h. c. mult.
Born March 22, 1926 in Prague

  • Honorary member of Learned Society since 1998

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1949, Ing., 1951, Dr. Tech., Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University;
  • 1955 CSc., Institute of Mathematics (IM), Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (CSAS), Prague; 
  • 1960, DrSc. (IM); 1968, Professor at Charles University.

Employment :

  • 1951-1953 ,Central Institute of Mathematics;
  • 1955-1968, Head, Department of Constructive Methods of Mathematical Analysis, Institute of Mathematics, CSAS;
  • 1968-1995, Visiting Professor and later Research Professor and Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland at College Park (USA);
  • 1995-2004, Professor, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Professor, Mathematics, Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, R. Trull Chair of Engineering, University of Texas, Austin.

Membership in domestic scientific bodies:

  • Since 1952 editor-in-chief, journal Applications of Mathematics (currently Honorary Editor)
  • 1996-present, Honorary Member, Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists, etc.

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • Member, editorial boards, Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equation, Computer, Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and thirteen others.

Important awards:

  • 1968, Czechoslovak State Prize (for Mathematics)
  • 1976, Humbolt Senior US Scientist Award (Germany) 
  • 1994, Birkhoff Prize, American Mathematical Society and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics 1995, J. von Neumann Medal, U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics
  • 1996, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland
  • 1996, Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Westminster, London
  • 1996, Doctor Honoris Causa, Brunel University, West London 
  • 1997, Doctor Honoris Causa, Charles University 
  • 1997, Bolzano Medal, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
  • 2000,Doctor Honoris Causa, Helsinki University of Technology
  • In 2002, the International Astronomical Union named asteroid No. 36030 “Babuška”.
  • 2002, Fellow of the International Association of Computational Mechanics
  • 2003, Member, European Academy of Sciences
  • 2004, Fellow, World Innovation Foundation

Selected Publications

  • I. Babuska, F. Vycichlo, K. Rektorys, Mathematical Theories of Plane Elasticity (German), Academy Press, Berlin
  • I. Babuska On randomized solution of Laplace Equation, Cas. Pest. Mat., 86, (1961), 269-276
  • I. Babuška, M. Práger, E. Vitásek, Numerical Processes in Differential Equations, John Wiley and Sons, London, 1966
  • I. Babuska,The Finite Element Method with Lagrangian Multipliers, Numer. Mat., 20, (1073),179-192 
  • I. Babuska, B.A.Szabo, N, Katz, The p-Version of the Finite Element Method, SIAM J. Numer. Anal. 18, (1982), 515-545
  • I. Babuska, W. C. Rheinboldt, Error Estimates for Adaptive Finite Element Computations, SIAM J. Numer. Anal. 15, (1978),736- 754B. 
  • Szabó, I. Babuška, Finite Element Analysis, John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1991 (1997), 727-758M 
  • M Ainsworth, I.Babuška, Reliable and robust a posteriori estimation for singularly perturbed reaction -diffusion problems, SIAM J. Numer. Anal. 36 (1998), 331-353. 
  • I. Babuška, B. Guo, Optimal estimates for lower and upper bounds of approximation errors in p version of the finite element method in two dimensions, Numer. Mat. 85 (2000), 219-255 
  • I. Babuška, T. Strouboulis, The Finite Element Method and its Reliability, Oxford Clarendon Press, 2001
  • I. Babuška, P. Chatzipantelidis, On solving elliptic stochastic partial differential equations, Comput. Method s Appl. Mech. Engrg. 191 (2002), 4093-4122
  • I. Babuška, J. Chleboun, Effects of Uncertainties in the Domain of the Solution of Neumann Boundary Value Problems in Two Dimensions Math. Comp. 71, (2001),1339-1370
  • I. Babuska, U. Banerjee, J. Osborn. Survey of meshless and generalized Finite Element Methods: A uniform approach, Acta Numerica, Cambridge University Press, (2003), 1-125.

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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.