Applied Mathematics

Constantine M. Dafermos

Alumni-Alumnae University Professor Applied Mathematics
Room 217, 182 George Street
Office Hours: By appointment


Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1967 

Research Interests

Professor Dafermos works at 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.


Member U. S. National Academy of Sciences, 2016 -.
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-
Member, Board of Governors, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), 1995-. 
Member, Board University of Crete, 2012- .
Fellow, SIAM, 2009 – .
Fellow, AMS 2013- .


Hyperbolic Conservation Laws in Continuum Physics

Faculty Research Profile


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.
ISIMM Prize, 2014.
AMS Norbert Wiener Prize, 2016.
Elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 2016.