Constantine M. Dafermos

Brown University

Primary Section: 32, Applied Mathematical Sciences
Membership Type: Member (elected 2016)


Constantine M. Dafermos is an applied mathematician working at the interface between continuum mechanics and partial differential equations. He was born in Athens, Greece. He graduated from the National University of Athens in 1964 with a diploma in civil engineering and from the Johns Hopkins University in 1967 with a PhD in mechanics. After serving as a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins, in 1967-1968, and as an assistant professor at Cornell University, 1968-1971, he joined the faculty of Brown University, where he is now serving as the Alumni-Alumnae University Professor of Applied Mathematics.

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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