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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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