George Batchelor

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George Keith Batchelor
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George Keith Batchelor
Born (1920-03-08)8 March 1920
Melbourne, Australia
Died 30 March 2000(2000-03-30) (aged 80)
Cambridge, England
Nationality Australia
Fields Applied mathematics
Fluid dynamics
Institutions University of Cambridge
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Doctoral advisor Geoffrey Ingram Taylor
Doctoral students Philip Saffman
Keith Moffatt
Known for Turbulence
Journal of Fluid Mechanics
DAMTP
Notable awards Adams Prize (1950)
Royal Medal (1988)
Timoshenko Medal (1988)

George Keith Batchelor FRS[1] (8 March 1920 – 30 March 2000) was an Australian applied mathematician and fluid dynamicist. He was for many years the Professor of Applied Mathematics in the University of Cambridge, and was founding head of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP). In 1956 he founded the influential Journal of Fluid Mechanics[2] which he edited for some forty years. Prior to Cambridge he studied in Melbourne High School.[3]

As an applied mathematician (and for some years at Cambridge a co-worker with Sir Geoffrey Taylor in the field of turbulent flow), he was a keen advocate of the need for physical understanding and sound experimental basis.

His An Introduction to Fluid Dynamics (CUP, 1967) is still considered a classic of the subject, and has been re-issued in the Cambridge Mathematical Library series, following strong current demand.[4] Unusual for an 'elementary' textbook of that era, it presented a treatment in which the properties of a real viscous fluid were fully emphasised. He was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1959.[5]

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  1. ^ Moffatt, H. K. (2002). "George Keith Batchelor. 8 March 1920 - 30 March 2000". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 48: 25. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2002.0002. JSTOR 3650247.  edit
  2. ^ Huppert, H. E. (2000). "George Keith Batchelor 8 March 1920–30 March 2000 Founding Editor, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 1956". Journal of Fluid Mechanics 421: 1. doi:10.1017/S0022112000001968.  edit
  3. ^ Gregory, Alan (2005). Strong Like Its Pillars. Melbourne: Thompson Library Trust. ISBN 0-646-43922-7. 
  4. ^ G. K. Batchelor (2000) [1967]. An Introduction to Fluid Dynamics. Cambridge Mathematical Library series, Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-66396-2. 
  5. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter B". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 

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