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Zdenek P. Bazant Inducted Into Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei

November 21, 2006 | by Megan Fellman

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Zdenek P. Bazant, McCormick School Professor and Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been elected as a Foreign Member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, the Italian National Academy. The induction ceremony will take place in Rome in June 2007.

The Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei was founded in 1603 and is the oldest honorific scientific academy in the world. Seated in Rome across the river from the Vatican in Palazzo Corsini, the academy counts Galileo among its earliest members. The academy is limited to 184 members and approximately 40 foreign members. Of the foreign members, Bazant is one of only two engineers.

Bazant discovered the non-statistical (energetic) size effect on the strength structures consisting of brittle heterogeneous materials such as concrete, fiber composites, tough ceramics and rock or sea ice, and is known as a world leader in research on scaling in solid mechanics.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Engineering Academy of Czech Republic and the Academia di Scienze e Lettere (Milan). Bazant has received six honorary doctorates.

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