!!Zdeněk Bažant
From the website of McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University\\
April 30, 2015\\
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Zdeněk P. Bažant is one of 10 foreign members
and 47 fellows elected this year to [Royal Society|https://royalsociety.org] of London from a pool of approximately 700
candidates. The existing fellows elect Royal
Society fellows through a peer review process.
Among the 10 new foreign members, Bažant is
the only engineer; 7 are biologists, 1 a physicist,
1 a chemist; 8 are from the United States, and 3
are women. The inauguration will be held in
London on July 10, 2015. In the field of
mechanics of materials and structures and
structural engineering, Bažant will thus join
three existing U.S. foreign members J.R. Rice,
T.J.R. Hughes and J.W. Hutchinson.
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Bažant is the McCormick Institute Professor and
Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil and
Environmental Engineering, Mechanical
Engineering, and Materials Science and
Engineering at Northwestern University’s
McCormick School of Engineering. One of just
a few top-cited researchers in his field,
Bažant is best known for his discovery of the scaling law for the energetic size effect in
quasibrittle structural failure. His
groundbreaking work has resulted in better
understanding of scaling of structural
strength, creep and hygrothermal effects,
pormechaniccs, structural stability, finite
strain, material damage models based on
nano- and micro-mechanics, impact
mechanics, fracture mechanics and
probabilistic mechanics, with applications to
bridges, dams, nuclear containments and
other concrete structures, fiber composites
for ships and aircraft, and for car
crashworthiness, rocks, gas shale, sea ice,
ceramics, thin films and bone.
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Throughout his career, Bažant has received
numerous awards and honors, including election
into the National Academy of Sciences,
National Academy of Engineering, American
Academy of Arts and Sciences, Academia
Europaea, the Austrian, Czech, Italian and
Spanish national academies; seven honorary
doctorates; the Timoshenko, Nadai, and Warner
Medals of the American Society of Mechanical
Engineers (ASME), the von Karman, Newmark,
Biot, Mindlin and Croes Medals of the
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE),
Prager Medal from the Society of Engineering
Science, and many more. He is an honorary
member of ASME, ASCE, American Concrete
Institute, and RILEM. Last January, ASCE
established a new medal named Zdeněk P.
Bažant Medal for Failure and Damage
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Founded in 1660, the Royal Society is a selfgoverning
honorific society gathering many of
the world’s most distinguished scientists, drawn
from all areas of science, engineering, and
medicine. It recognizes, promotes, and supports
excellence in science and encourages the
development and use of science for the benefit
of humanity.
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