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Thomas Hou

American mathematician
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Occupation Mathematician Educator
Country China United States of America
AKA Thomas Hou
Date of birth
Education University of California, Los Angeles
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Thomas Yizhao Hou (born 1962) is the Charles Lee Powell Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics in the Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. He is known for his work in numerical analysis and mathematical analysis.

Academic biography

Hou studied at the South China University of Technology, where he received a B.S. in Mathematics in 1982. He completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1987 under the supervision of Björn Engquist. His dissertation was titled Convergence of Particle Methods for Euler and Boltzmann Equations with Oscillatory Solutions. From 1989 to 1993, he taught at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

at New York University. He has been on the faculty of the California Institute of Technology since 1993. He became the Charles Lee Powell Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics in 2004.


Hou is known for his research on multiscale analysis. He is an author of the monograph Multiscale finite element methods. He has worked extensively on numerical analysis and applied analysis of the Navier-Stokes equations. His recent work focuses on adaptive data analysis.

Hou was cofounder of SIAM Journal on Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, and he served as the editor-in-chief from 2002 to 2007. He was also cofounder of Advances in Adaptive Data Analysis, where he is currently editor-in-chief.

Awards and honors

Hou has won several major awards for mathematicians. He received an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 1990. He was awarded the Feng Kang Prize in Scientific Computing in 1997. He received the James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) in 2001. He was an invited speaker at the 1998 International Congress of Mathematicians in Berlin, and he was a plenary speaker at the 2003 International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Sydney.

Hou has also been inducted into several scholarly societies. He was elected Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2009. He was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) in 2011.

He was elected Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) in 2012.

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