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Constantine M. Dafermos

Alumni-Alumnae University Professor
Applied Mathematics
Phone: +1 401 863 1483

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1967

Professor Dafermos works on the interface between continuum mechanics and the theory of partial differential equations. In recent years, his research has focused on nonlinear hyperbolic systems of conservation laws, whose solutions spontaneously develop singularities that propagate as shock waves. He is interested in the interplay between thermodynamics and analysis, in the theory of these systems, and has been striving to elucidate the fundamental role of entropy as a stabilizing agent.


Professor Dafermos received a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (1964) and a Ph.D. in Mechanics from the Johns Hopkins University (1967). He has served as Assistant Professor at Cornell University (1968-1971),and as Associate Professor (1971-1975) and Professor (1975- present) in the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University. In addition, Professor Dafermos has served as Director of the Lefschetz Center of Dynamical Systems (1988-1993, 2006-2007), as Chairman of the Society for Natural Philosophy (1977-1978) and as Secretary of the International Society for the Interaction of Mathematics and Mechanics.  Since 1984, he has been the Alumni-Alumnae University Professor at Brown.


Fellow American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2001-.
Correspondent Member, Academy of Athens, 1988-.
Honorary Professor, Academia Sinica, China, 2004-.

Foreign Member, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Roma, 2011-
Board of Governors, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), 1995-.

Fellow, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, 2009-.
Fellow, American Mathematical Society, 2012- .


Ordway Chair, University of Minnesota, 1985.

Keeley Fellowship, Wadham College, Oxford, 2001.

Honorary Doctorate, University of Athens, 1987.

Honorary Doctorate, National Technical University (Greece), 1991.

Honorary Doctorate, University of Crete, 2001.

SIAM W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize, 2000.

Cataldo e Angiola Agostinelli Prize, 2011.

GALILEO Medal, City of Padua, 2012


Quarterly of Applied Mathematics, Associate Managing Editor
Acta Mathematica Scientia,
Chief Co-Editor
Journal of the American Mathematical Society
Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis
Mathematics Applied in Science and Technology
Communications in Applied Analysis
Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics
Ricerche di Matematica

Annali di Matematica Pura ed Applicata
Revista Matematica Complutense
Bulletin of Greek Mathematical Society
Journal of Dynamics and Differential Equations
Journal of Hyperbolic Differential Equations