(Fornberg, Bengt - 2014) -- BFA Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarly and Creative Work uri icon



  • The research contributions of Professor Fornberg—spanning more than 40 years of activity—can be characterized as combining a deep mathematical insight with a genuine appreciation of complex applications, often expressed in an algorithmic form. Combining such different aspects of mathematical, computational and algorithmic approaches has repeatedly allowed him to produce surprising results through a highly creative and nontraditional approach to problem solving. Professor Fornberg’s most well known research includes the development of Fourier pseudo-spectral methodology, a numerical study of wave phenomena and the numerical study of fluid flow. These applications involve the approximate solution of partial differential equations (PDEs) by numerical/computational means. PDEs arise widely in science and engineering.
    Today, Fourier spectral methods are routinely used in applied mathematics and scientific computing for the solution of PDEs. This is due, in part, to the many important contributions of Professor Fornberg. Not only has he written influential papers on this subject, but his book, A Practical Guide to Pseudospectral Methods, is a key reference in the field, with more than 1,300 citations.

year awarded

  • 2014