Björn Engquist

Björn Engquist (also Bjorn Engquist; born 2 June 1945 in Stockholm) has been a leading contributor in the areas of multiscale modeling and scientific computing, and a productive educator of applied mathematicians.

Björn Engquist
Born (1945-06-02) 2 June 1945
Alma materUniversity of Uppsala
Known forEssentially Non-Oscillatory schemes
Multiscale modeling
AwardsGeorge David Birkhoff Prize (2012)
Scientific career
FieldsApplied mathematics
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Princeton University
University of Texas at Austin
Doctoral advisorHeinz-Otto Kreiss
Doctoral studentsThomas Hou
Anna-Karin Tornberg


He received his Ph.D. in numerical analysis from University of Uppsala in 1975, and taught there during the following years while also holding a professorship at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2001, he moved to Princeton University as the Michael Henry Stater University Professor of Mathematics and served as the director of the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics. He has also been professor at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm since 1993, and is director of the Parallel and Scientific Computing Institute. Engquist currently holds the Computational and Applied Mathematics Chair I at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, after leaving Princeton in 2005.


His research field is computational and applied mathematics and numerical methods for differential equations with applications to multi-scale modeling, electromagnetism, and fluid mechanics. Engquist has authored more than 100 scientific publications and advised 31 PhD students.


He is a recipient of numerous distinctions and awards: a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians (1982 and 1998[1]), European Congress of Mathematics (1992), and European Congress of Fluid Mechanics (1991). He received the first SIAM James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing (1982), Peter Henrici (mathematician) Prize (2011), and George David Birkhoff Prize (2012). He was selected to the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in 2011.[2]


  1. Engquist, Björn (1998). "Wavelength based numerical homogenization". Doc. Math. (Bielefeld) Extra Vol. ICM Berlin, 1998, vol. III. pp. 503–512.
  2. "Diplomer til nye medlemmer på Akademiets årsmøte" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. 25 April 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011.

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