Paris, May 27, 2009

Guy Métivier, future director of CNRS's Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INSMI)

Taking effect from 15 May 2009, Guy Métivier has been appointed the CNRS Director General's representative for the establishment of the Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INSMI). Once the Institute is up and running, he will become its director. Until now, Métivier was Director of the Institut de mathématiques de Bordeaux (Bordeaux 1 / Bordeaux 2 / CNRS).

Born in Angers in 1950, Guy Métivier graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Saint-Cloud in 1973. He obtained his PhD in mathematics at the University of Orsay, supervised by  Charles Goulaouic. At that time, his research was concerned with estimations of eigenvalues for problems involving partial differential equations. He was then appointed CNRS research associate at the University of Nice. In 1980 he was made Senior Professor at the University of Rennes 1, and then at the University of Bordeaux 1 in 2002. He has also taught in the US, at Purdue University from 1979 to 1980 and at Rutgers University in 1985.

Métivier is recognized for his work on the propagation of nonlinear waves and shock waves, as well as on the analysis of models in fluid mechanics. He was awarded the CNRS Bronze Medal in 1980, has received two awards from the French Academy of Sciences (Prix Lequeux in 1993  and Prix Servant in 2008), and was a senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France from 1997 to 2007.

Guy Métivier

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Guy Métivier


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