Rémi Abgrall

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Rémi Abgrall

Rémi Abgrall has been a student in mathematics (1981-1985) of Ecole Normale Supérieure de Saint Cloud (which has become part of ENS Lyon). After his studies in pure mathematics in Orsay, and after obtaining the "agrégation de mathématiques", he changed orientation to fluid mechanics. He did his PhD at the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD) at Ecole Normale Supérieure under the supervision of Claude Basdevant. He graduated in December 1987 with a thesis on a semi Lagrangian model of 2D turbulence, refereed by Olivier Pironneau and Marcel Lesieur. Initially unwilling to go to academia, he was hired in September 1987 as research engineer at ONERA, on a project on the simulation of multispecies flows for internal aerodynamics. There, he was lucky to work under the supervision of Jean-Louis Montagnier, from whom he learned a lot. The time at ONERA was short as he was soon hired as research scientist at INRIA Sophia Antipolis, where he joined in September 1988 the team SINUS led by Alain Dervieux.

The initial plan was to work on hypersonic flows for the Hermes project. While at INRIA, following the advice by Jacques Périaux (Dassault Aviation), he visited ICASE during the whole summer of 1991, and again in 1992. This allowed him to get into contact with Ami Harten with whom he worked during his stay at UCLA in 1993-1994, before Ami passed away. Thanks to the support of Ami Harten, Alain Dervieux, Gilles Kahn and Pierre Bernhard (all from INRIA), he could spend a year (1995-1996 right after his return from UCLA) at the Courant Institute in New York.

In September 1996, Rémi Abgrall became professor at the University of Bordeaux I, then full professor in 2001, and distinguished professor in 2008. He was involved in the creation of one of the first project-teams of the to-be Inria center in Bordeaux and, later on from 2008 to 2013, he was the leader of Inria Team Bacchus. He left Bordeaux for the University of Zurich in January 2014. There, since October 2016, he is a member of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Since August 2021, he is director of the Institute of Mathematics of the University of Zurich.

Rémi Abgrall is or has been associate editor of many scientific journals: the Journal of Computational Physics, Mathematics of Computation, Computers and Fluids, the Journal of Scientific Computing, Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis (M2AN), Communication in Computational Physics, Communication on Applied Mathematics and Computation, Mathematics and and Computers in Simulation, Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences (M3AS). He has been co-editor of International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids. He belongs to the editorial boards of several book series: Mathématiques et Application (Springer), Series in Applied and Numerical Mathematics (de Gruyer). Since September 2015, he is editor in chief of the Journal of Computational Physics.

In 2001, Rémi Abgrall was the recipient of the SMAI GAMNI prize given by the French Academy of Sciences. In 2008, he was awarded an ERC advanced grant (ADDECCO). He has been one of the invited speakers of the ICM in 2014. He has been selected in the class 2022 of the SIAM Fellows "for fundamental contributions to the development of numerical methods for conservation laws, in particular for multi-fluid flows and residual distribution schemes".

All this has been possible thanks to the help of many people, some have been mentioned above.

One has played a central role: Sophie Duchemin with whom Rémi has 4 children (Vincent, Marie, Sarah and David). Their trajectories have been separated for a few years, but the sacrifices are not forgotten. Friends also have been very important to Rémi: Anne, Smadar, Hervé, Mario, among many others.