Zdeněk Bažant - Biography#

Born and educated in Prague (Ph.D. 1963), Bazant joined Northwestern University in 1969, became Professor in 1973, and served as Director of Center for Geomaterials (1981-87). Since 1990 he has been W.P. Murphy Professor of Civil Eng. and Materials Science and since 2002 simultaneously McCormick Institute Professor. He was inducted to the US National Academy of Sciences, US National Academy of Engrg., Am. Acad. of Arts & Sciences, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Italian National Academy (dei Lincei, Rome), Spanish Royal Acad. of Engrg., Istituto Lombardo (Milan), Acad. of Engrg. of Czech Rep. and Eur. Acad. of Sci. & Arts; served as Editor of ASCE J. of Engrg. Mechanics, and is Regional Editor of Int. J. of Fracture; was president of Soc. of Engrg. Science, founding president of IA-FRAMCOS and IA-CONCREEP; Division Director in IA-SMiRT; member of US Nat. Comm. on Theor. & Appl. Mech.; and chaired many ncommittees in ASCE, RILEM, ACI, SES and IA-SMiRT. He is an Illinois Registered Struct. Engineer.

Among his honors: 7 honorary doctorates-CTU Prague, UC Boulder, Politecnico di Milano, TU Karlsruhe, INSA Lyon, TU Vienna, Ohio State Univ., Columbus; Honorary Member of ASCE and of ACI; SES Prager Medal; ASME Timoshenko Medal, Warner Medal and Nadai Medal; ASCE von Karman Medal; Newmark Medal, Biot Medal, Lifetime Achievement Award, Croes Medal, Huber Prize and TY Lin Award; W.Exner Medal, Austria Gov.-Industry Assoc.; RILEM L'Hermite Medal; Am. Ceramic Soc. Roy Award; Humboldt Award (Germany); Torroja Medal (Spain); Solin, Bazant (Sr.) & Stodola Medals (Czech Rep., Slovakia); IACMAG Outstanding Contrib. Award; ICOSSAR Lecture Award; SEAOI Meritorious Paper Award; Best Engrg. Book of the Year (SAP); Medal of Czech Soc. for Mech. (which also instituted ZP Bazant Prize in Eng. Mech,); and Guggenheim, NATO, Ford, Humboldt, JSPS & Kajima Fellowships. Honored by Special Issues of Int. J. of Solids & Structures and Int. J. of Fracture, and by 60th, 70th and 75th birthday workshops & Proc.

He authored 6 books (Scaling of Structural Strength, Inelastic Analysis, Fracture and Size Effect, Stability of Structures, Concrete at High Temperature, and Concrete Creep) and >575 refereed journal articles. H-index: 94, citations: 39,000 (on Google, Jun.2014, minus -10% self-citations, i10 index: 462. He is one of the original top 100 ISI Highly Cited Scientists in Engrg. (http://www.ISIhighlycited.com)
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