George Green MedalThe George Green Medal was established by the University of Mississippi at Oxford, Mississippi, USA, and the Wessex Institute and is supported by Elsevier. It is in honour of the man who single-handedly set up the basis for the modern Boundary Element Method, among other notable achievements.


The Medal is awarded to those scientists who have carried out original work with practical applications in the field of Boundary Elements and other Mesh Reduction Methods, continuing in this manner to further develop the pioneering ideas of George Green. They are also persons of the highest integrity who, by sharing their knowledge, have helped to establish research groups all around the world. The Medal is given once a year and is presented during the BEM/MRM Conference.

George Green (1793-1841)

George Green was a self-taught genius who mysteriously delivered one of the most influential mathematics and physics works of all time. He educated himself in mathematics and self-published the work “An Essay on the Application of Mathematical Analysis to the Theories of Electricity and Magnetism”. In his very first article, he derived Green’s first, second and third identities, forged the concept of Green’s function, and solved the problem of the electrical potential created by a single charge placed inside a spherical metal shell. The ideas of Green’s function forever changed the landscape of science, as many physics and mathematics problems have been solved using this technique. As Green died early, and his work was discovered only posthumously, it remains a mystery today how Green could produce such a masterpiece without the guidance of a great teacher or school and, in fact, without a formal education. Only recently, due to the advent of powerful computers, has it been possible to take full advantage of Green’s pioneering developments.

The George Green Medal 2023 will be presented on the occasion of the 46th International Conference on Boundary Elements and other Mesh Reduction Methods (BEM/MRM 46). The ceremony will take place during a special session, followed by a keynote address titled: "Fracture Across Scales" from the medal recipient. The date of the ceremony will be confirmed at a later stage.

2023 George Green Medal Recipient

Professor Ferri M H Aliabadi, PhD, FRAeS, Imperial College London, UK

Ferri Aliabadi

Ferri Aliabadi is Professor of Aerostructures and holds the endowed Zaharrof Chair in Aviation ( Head of Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College (2009-2017). Prior to joining Imperial College in 2005, he was Professor of Computational Mechanics, Director of Research and the Director of Aerospace Engineering at Queen Mary, University of London (1997-2004) (

Ferri Aliabadi’ s work covers a wide range of topics related to the field of Solids and Structures, with particular emphasis on the development of boundary element methods for modelling fracture processes and related structural integrity issues. During the last decade, he has pursued research and development in Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) for composite airframe (

Ferri Aliabadi has published 470 papers in international journals and authored two books. He has coordinated and participated in 36 national and European research projects and continues to work closely with the aerospace sector in UK and Europe.


Previous Laureates

Details of the previous George Green Medal presentations can be found in the conference reports listed below:

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