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Prior to joining City University of Hong Kong in 2002, Prof. Philippe G. Ciarlet had been with the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris since 1974. His research interests include numerical analysis, finite element methods, partial differential equations, applied differential geometry, mathematical modeling in three-dimensional elasticity, plate and shell theories. He has published more than 190 research papers and he has written sixteen books, some of them very well-received, such as "The Finite Element Method for Elliptic Problems", "Introduction to Numerical Linear Algebra and Optimisation", his three-volume treatise "Mathematical Elasticity", or his textbook "Linear and Nonlinear Functional Analysis with Applications".
Prof. Ciarlet is an Officer in the National Order of the Legion of Honor of France and a Member of nine academies: the French Academy of Sciences, the French Academy of Technologies, the Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Sciences, the Romanian Academy, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), the National Academy of Sciences of India, the Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is also a member of the Hong Kong Institution of Science, a Fellow of SIAM, a Fellow of AMS, and a Senior Fellow of the CityU Institute of Advanced Study. He has received several awards: the Poncelet Prize and the Jaffé Prize from the French Academy of Sciences, the Gold Medal from the University of Santiago de Compostela, the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award and the Shanghai Prize for International Cooperation in Science and Technology. He has been made Doctor Honoris Causa or Honorary Professor by seven universities. Together with Professors Jean-Michel Bony and Jean-Pierre Demailly, he is Editor-in-Chief of the "Comptes Rendus de l'Académie des Sciences - Série Mathématique", one of the oldest scientific publications in Mathematics. He also serves on the editorial boards of more than twenty other scientific journals.
In 2005, Prof Ciarlet launched a series of high-profile lectures held at City University, called the "France-Hong Kong Distinguished Lecture Series", under the auspices of the French Academy of Sciences and with the support of the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong. Prof Ciarlet has also initiated the launching of an Agreement between the Collège de France in Paris and City University in 2007.