Zienkiewicz (1921 - 2009)

Olek Zienkiewicz, the civil engineer acclaimed as one of the pioneers of the computational modelling technique known as the Finite Element Method, passed away on 2 January 2009. Despite being sometimes in the same building during my MSc year I have never had the chance to meet him in person. Anyway, I really enjoyed his books and it is surprising the lack of recognition on the media for a man who represented a strong influence in a generation of young computational optimists and who made important contributions to the development of a top-one computational commnity not only in Swansea but in Barcelona as well.