May 25, 1927 (Bucharest, Romania) – June 7, 2013 (Paris, France) 

Education

Faculty of Mathematics University of Bucharest (1945-1948) (completed four-year program in three years). PhD in Moscow, 1950-1953, under the leadership of the reputed scientist in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics – Iurii Nikolaevich Rabotnov.

Liviu Solomon worked at the Institute of Mechanics of the USSR Academy of Sciences. His thesis was considered as one of the most remarkable works of that period in the field of Elasticity. Among the major aspects covered by Liviu Solomon in his doctoral thesis are the contact of elastic bodies and fractures without plastic passage, for anisotropic bodies, and the concepts and balance of energy and entropy in Thermodynamics.

Career

Associate Professor at the Department of Elasticity, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Bucharest, 1953 – 1971.

He held courses of Elasticity and Mechanics of Deformable Mediums. He had as students: Liviu Dinu, Adelina Georgescu, Nicolae Viorel, Tudor Sireteanu, Viorel Visarion, Dragos Drãghicescu, Eugen Soos, Gheorghe Dincă, Iulian Beju, Veturia Niță (Chiroiu).

Professor at the Université de Poitiers, Laboratoire de Méchanique Théoretique, 1971 – 1992.

He collaborated with Paul Germain (secrétaire perpetuel de l’Académie des Sciences), A. Cimetière, M. Hocquemiller.

He has taught courses on: Dimensional Analysis, Material Breaking, Deformable Medium Mechanics, Computational Analysis and DEA (Deep Studies): Mechanics.

Essential contribution:

L. Solomon, Elasticité Lineaire, Masson, Paris 1968.

Now available on Google Books, in its entirety. 

Preface by Paul Germain

About L. Solomon’s Elasticité Lineaire (brief notes by Liviu Dinu)

1. The first three prints of this book sold out immediately.
 
2. For a long time, this book would be on every French researcher’s desk.
 
3. The book was translated and published in Romanian in 1969 as Elasticitate liniară. Introducere matematică în statica solidului elastic, at Editura Academiei. The Romanian edition is now available on Google Books, in its entirety.
 
4. The book elaborated on the Linear Elasticity course that Liviu Solomon held at the Bucharest University. An example of the Professor’s pursuit of excellence.
 
5. The bibliography included in the book reflects the Romania stage of his career.  
 
6. Another outstanding course developed by Liviu Solomon  (“Metode variaționale în Teoria Elasticității”/ “Variational methods in the Elasticity Theory”), through which a whole generation of Romanian researchers had access to the essence of natural language functional analysis, course held at the Bucharest University, was never published, only due to reservations the Professor himself had, not satisfied that the course content was enough amplified.  
 
7. A moving example of the Professor’s never-ending quest for perfection. In the early ’90ies, I was in Paris, at the Paris 6 University (Applied Mathematics). I was strolling among the bookshelves. Serendipitously (but we know, nothing is really accidental), my gaze fell on the Professor’s (essential) Book. The copy’s condition showed had been borrowed many times – that’s actually what drew my attention. I pulled it from the shelf and opened it. To my surprise, at the end of the book, the Professor (who else?!) had taped about 5 or 6 typed pages, 2-sided, folded to fit the book format. Those added pages (themselves clearly perused many times), contained additions to the text (20 years after the book has been published!). The Professor knew the Book still had many readers and, impressively, he was communicating with them (ignoring the passage of time), through those new pages, which had been added to each of the 3 or 4 copies in the Library.
 
8. Liviu Solomon did not leave a complete list of published works. A short list was initiated posthumously by Mrs. Veturia Chiroiu, former student and collaborator.

 

Page update June 27, 2021

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