Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Dafermos, Constantine M.
Location Brown University
Primary Field Applied Mathematical Sciences
 Election Citation
Dafermos is a world leader and creative force in theory and application of nonlinear partial differential equations, known for pathbreaking work on infinite-dimensional dynamical systems and hyperbolic conservation laws. He invented numerous tools using entropy production, artificial viscosity, generalized characteristics, and frontal tracking, impacting physics, wave theory, and elasticity theory.
 Research Interests
The research effort of Constantine Dafermos is focused on the study of the partial differential and integrodifferential equations governing the evolution of continuous media, and most notably those manifested as hyperbolic systems of conservation laws. The common thread of his work is the stabilizing role of the entropy.

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