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Russian Journal of Numerical Analysis and Mathematical Modelling
(Vol.20, No.4)
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of
Yuri A. Kuznetsov



This issue of the Journal is dedicated to the 60th birthday of Yuri A. Kuznetsov, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Numerical Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the M.D.Anderson Chair Professor at the Department of Mathematics, University of Houston. Yuri Kuznetsov is an outstanding Russian scientist in the area of numerical mathematics and applications. He is one of the founders of this journal and its permanent managing editor.

Yuri Kuznetsov was born in the small village Shuksha of Penza region on August 7, 1945. He graduated from a high school in 1962 and the same year joined the Faculty of Physics of the newly created Novosibirsk State University. He graduated from the University in 1967 and in 1969 defended his Ph.D. thesis under the supervision of G.I.Marchuk, who is a world-known scientist famous for his contribution to applied and computational mathematics. In this thesis Yu.Kuznetsov developed the theory of iterative methods in subspaces. In particular, he proposed and investigated the multistep iterative method based on the minimization of quadratic functionals, known currently as the generalized minimal residual method. In 1972, Yu.Kuznetsov jointly with G.Marchuk authored the book `Iterative methods and quadratic functionals' which was translated into French and published in France in 1974. In recognition of his contribution to the theory of iterative methods as well as to the development of fictitious domain and domain decomposition methods, Prof. Yu.Kuznetsov was invited to deliver a plenary lecture at the
section of numerical analysis of the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1983.

In 1978-1997, Prof. Kuznetsov's activities were concentrated on the development and investigation of new numerical technologies based on fictitious domain, domain decomposition, algebraic multigrid/multilevel substructuring methods, and their combinations for efficient numerical solution of partial differential equations.

In 1997, Yuri Kuznetsov accepted the invitation to join the Department of Mathematics at the University of Houston. The invitation was initiated by the famous applied and computational mathematician Roland Glowinski. At the same time, he has remained an active member of the Institute of Numerical Mathematics in Moscow, participating in various research and applied projects. In 2000, Yuri Kuznetsov was awarded the M.D.Anderson Chair Professorship at the University of Houston. His current research is concerned with the development and investigation of new discretization methods and preconditioned iterative methods for numerical solution of partial differential equations with applications to geophysical and energy related research.

Yuri Kuznetsov is a renowned teacher. More than twenty five Ph.D. thesis have been defended under his supervision. His former students successfully work in universities, research laboratories, and industry in Russia, USA, Germany, Finland, and several other countries.

Prof. Kuznetsov's contribution to the international cooperation in computational and applied mathematics is difficult to overestimate. He strengthened existing links and created a number of new cooperative research projects between Russian scientists and scientists in France, USA, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Finland, etc. He created the East-West Journal of Numerical Mathematics known currently as the Journal of Numerical Mathematics. In 1995, he and his colleagues in France, Germany, and Italy established the series of biannual European conferences on numerical mathematics and its advanced applications, known as ENUMATH conferences. Yuri Kuznetsov is a member of editorial boards of five leading journals on computational and applied mathematics, a member of programme committees of several international conferences.

The editorial board of the Russian Journal of Numerical Analysis and Mathematical Modelling congratulates Yuri Kuznetsov on the occasion of his 60th anniversary and wishes him good health and continued success in his further research activities.

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