Nonlinear Korn Inequalities on a Surface

9 November 2020


Professor Philippe G. Ciarlet delivered a lecture for the Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study.

A world-renowned mathematician, Professor Philippe G. Ciarlet, University Distinguished Professor of the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), delivered an online lecture titled “Nonlinear Korn Inequalities on a Surface” for the Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS) at CityU on 5 November 2020.

Professor Philippe G. Ciarlet was the first to show that a surface continuously varies according to its two fundamental forms for different topologies, notably introducing a new idea of nonlinear Korn inequalities on a surface. In this talk, Professor Ciarlet, a Senior Fellow at HKIAS, examined the non-linear inequalities on a surface with applications to non-linear shell theory.

Professor Ciarlet is a leading expert in numerical analysis, finite element methods, partial differential equations, applied differential geometry, mathematical modeling in three-dimensional elasticity, plate and shell theories. In addition to having published more than 200 research papers, he has written 16 books, including well-known texts such as The Finite Element Method for Elliptic Problems, Introduction to Numerical Linear Algebra and Optimization, Mathematical Elasticity (three Volumes), and Linear and Nonlinear Functional Analysis with Applications.

Professor Ciarlet is an Officer in the National Order of the Legion of Honor of France. He is a Member of the French Academy of Sciences, of the French Academy of Technologies, of the Academia Europaea, of the European Academy of Sciences, of the Romanian Academy, of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), of the National Academy of Sciences of India, a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Science, a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, and a Member of the Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong.

Professor Ciarlet has been awarded the Poncelet Prize from the French Academy of Sciences, the Grand Prize Jaffé from the French Academy of Sciences, the Gold Medal from the University of Santiago de Compostela, the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, and the Shanghai Prize of International Cooperation in Science and Technology. He is "Doctor Honoris Causa" or "Honorary Professor" in eight universities.

This lecture is supported in part by the Kwang Hua Educational Foundation.

  (Right) Professor Jacob Huang, Executive Director of HKIAS and Chair Professor of Department of Materials Science and Engineering, presented a souvenir to (left) Professor Ciarlet. (From right) Professor Raymond Chan, moderator of this lecture and Chair Professor of Mathematics and Dean of College of Science at CityU, Professor Ciarlet and Professor Huang.  

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