George Batchelor
George Keith Batchelor  

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George Keith Batchelor


Born  Melbourne, Australia 
8 March 1920
Died  30 March 2000 Cambridge, England 
(aged 80)
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 coworker 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 reissued 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]}
The most prestigious award for research in fluid mechanics, the Batchelor Prize, is named in his honour and is awarded every four years at the meeting of the International Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.
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References
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External links
 O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "George Batchelor", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.
 An Introduction to Fluid Dynamics by G. K. Batchelor at Cambridge Mathematical Library.
 Obituaries for George Batchelor (with portraits) at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) of the University of Cambridge website
 Obituary by Julian Hunt
 Video recording of the K. Moffatt's lecture on life and work of George Batchelor
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 1920 births
 2000 deaths
 Academics of the University of Cambridge
 Alumni of the University of Cambridge
 Australian mathematicians
 20thcentury British mathematicians
 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
 Fellows of the Royal Society
 Fluid dynamicists
 Members of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
 People educated at Melbourne High School
 Royal Medal winners
 Australian textbook writers