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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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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.