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Zdenek Bažant

Zdenek Bažant

Professor Zdenek Bažant ForMemRS

Foreign Member

Elected: 2015


Born and educated in Prague (Ph.D. 1963), Bazant joined Northwestern University in 1969; W.P. Murphy Professor (1990-) and simultaneously McCormick Institute Professor (2002-); Center for Geomaterials Director (1981-87).

Inducted to NAS, NAE, Am. Acad. of Arts & Sci., Royal Soc. London; to academies of Italy, Austria, Spain, Czech Rep., Lombardy; Academia Europaea, Eur. Acad. of Sci. & Arts. Honorary Member: ASCE, ASME, ACI, RILEM; 7 honorary doctorates: Prague, Karlsruhe, Colorado, Milan, Lyon, Vienna, Ohio State; ASME Timoshenko, Nadai and Warner Medals; ASCE von Karman, Newmark, Biot, Mindlin and Croes Medals and Lifetime Achievement Award; SES Prager Medal; RILEM L’Hermite Medal; Exner Medal (Austria); Torroja Medal (Madrid); SES President 1993, founding president of IA-FramCos, IA-ConCreep..

Published 6 books: Scaling of Structural Strength, Inelastic Analysis, Fracture and Size Effect, Stability of Structures, Concrete at High Temperatures, and Concrete Creep. H-index: 102, citations: 44,500 (on Google, 06/2015, incl. self-cit.), i10 index: 492. Is one of the  original top 100 ISI Highly Cited Scientists in Engineering ( He is Illinois Registered Structural Engineer.

Professional positions

Distinguished McCormick Institute Professor and W.P. Murphy Professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Engineering
    • Engineering, aeronautical, Engineering, civil, Computer engineering (including software), Materials science (incl materials engineering), Engineering, mechanical, Nuclear technology, Engineering, structural
  • Earth and environmental sciences
    • Geophysics


fracture mechanics, creep, concrete, composites, mechanics of materials, size effect and scaling, structural engineering, hygrothermal effects, random material strength

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