Milton Van Dyke

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Milton Van Dyke
Milton D. Van Dyke.jpg
Born (1922-08-01)August 1, 1922
Chicago, U.S.
Died May 10, 2010(2010-05-10) (aged 87)
Nationality United States
Fields Fluid dynamics
Institutions Stanford University
Alma mater Harvard University
California Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisor Paco Lagerstrom
Doctoral students Ali H. Nayfeh
Ramesh K. Agarwal
Known for Fluid dynamics
Notable awards Fulbright Award for Research (1954)[1]
Guggenheim Fellowship (1954)[2]
Otto Laporte Award (APS, 1986)[3]
• Fluid Dynamics Award (AIAA, 1997)[4]

Milton Denman Van Dyke (August 1, 1922 – May 10, 2010) was Professor of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. He was known for his work in fluid dynamics, especially with respect to the use of perturbation analysis in aerodynamics. His often-cited book An Album of Fluid Motion presents a collection of about 400 selected black-and-white photographs of flow visualization in experiments, received – on his request – from researchers all over the world.[5]

Together with Bill Sears, Milton founded the Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, in 1969,[5] for which he was an editor until 2000.

Biography[edit]

He was the son of James and Ruth (Barr) Van Dyke.[6]

He studied Engineering Sciences at Harvard University, from 1940 until 1943. Thereafter he started working at NACA Ames Laboratory. After the Second World War, Milton went to Caltech, to obtain his MS in 1947 and PhD (magna cum laude) in 1949. A second period at Ames Laboratory followed. During this period, Milton was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship and Fulbright grant, which he used to spend the 1954–55 academic year working with George Batchelor at Cambridge University. He was a visiting professor at the University of Paris in the 1958–59 academic year,[6] then in 1959 he was appointed as a professor at the new Aerodynamics department of Stanford University.[5]

He married Sylvia Jean Agard Adams in 1962 and the couple would eventually have six children.[6] In 1976, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

He was the director of Parabolic Press, an independent publisher of engineering books.

The first issue in 2014 of the Journal of Engineering Mathematics was a special issue to honour Milton Van Dyke and his work.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "SP-4302 Adventures in Research: A History of Ames Research Center 1940–1965. Part II : A New World Of Speed : 1946–1958. 1954–1957". NASA. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  2. ^ "Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation: Milton Denman Van Dyke". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  3. ^ "Otto Laporte Award". American Physical Society. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  4. ^ "Fluid Dynamics Award Past Recipients". American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  5. ^ a b c Schwartz (2002)
  6. ^ a b c Gregory, J. (1980) Who's Who in Engineering, 4th ed., American Association of Engineering Societies.
  7. ^ Schwartz, Leonard W. (2014). "Preface to the special issue honouring Professor Milton Van Dyke". Journal of Engineering Mathematics. 84 (1): 1–3. doi:10.1007/s10665-013-9643-8. 

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