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Ženíšek Alexander

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

  • 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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XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

The ceremonial part of the XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society, at which the Medals of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic Societas Scientarium Bohemica Ad Laudem et Honorem and the awards of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories were presented, took place on Monday 20 May 2019 in the Great Hall of the Carolinum.


Bolzano lecture by prof. Kip S. Thorne

American physicist Kip S. Thorne, recipient of the Nobel Prize for 2017 for detection of gravitational waves, visited Prague at the invitation of he Learned Society. He held a series of “Bolzano lectures” and a lecture titled “Creating Gravitational-Wave Astronomy” for the Learned Society on 15 May 2019 in the Blue Auditorium of the Carolinum. The lecture was held with the support of the Karel Janeček Foundation and was received very enthusiastically.


XXV. General Assembly

The Czech Learned Society is holding its XXV. General Assembly on 20 and 21 May 2019. The Learned Society’s awards in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories, Teaching Awards for pedagogic workers who promote interest in science and research at grammar schools and the Learned Society’s medals for meritorious contributions to the advance of science will be presented during a ceremony on 20 May at the Karolinum. Lectures by renowned scientists will also be presented. The second day will be reserved for the working part of the meeting, in the building of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.