Przemysław (Przemek) Prusinkiewicz [ˈpʐɛmɛk pruɕiŋˈkjevit͡ʂ] is a Polish computer scientist who advanced the idea that Fibonacci numbers in nature can be in part understood as the expression of certain algebraic constraints on free groups, specifically as certain Lindenmayer grammars. Prusinkiewicz's main work is on the modeling of plant growth through such grammars.
Prusinkiewicz received his PhD from the Warsaw University of Technology in 1978, and is currently a professor of Computer Science at the University of Calgary. Prusinkiewicz received the 1997 SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award for his work.
- Prusinkiewicz, Przemysław; James Hanan (1989). Lindenmayer Systems, Fractals, and Plants (Lecture Notes in Biomathematics). Springer-Verlag. ISBN 0-387-97092-4.
- Prusinkiewicz, Przemysław; Aristid Lindenmayer (1990). The Algorithmic Beauty of Plants (The Virtual Laboratory). Springer-Verlag. ISBN 0-387-97297-8. (available as a PDF)
- Meinhardt, Hans; Przemysław Prusinkiewicz, Deborah R. Fowler (2003-02-12). The Algorithmic Beauty of Sea Shells (3rd edition ed.). Springer-Verlag. ISBN 3-540-44010-0.
- Biography of Przemysław Prusinkiewicz from the University of Calgary
- Laboratory website at the University of Calgary
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