George Keith Batchelor
|Born||8 March 1920|
|Died||30 March 2000 (aged 80)|
|Alma mater||University of Melbourne|
|Known for||Batchelor vortex|
|Awards||Adams Prize (1950)|
Royal Medal (1988)
Timoshenko Medal (1988)
|Fields||Applied mathematics |
|Institutions||University of Cambridge|
|Doctoral advisor||Geoffrey Ingram Taylor|
|Doctoral students||Philip Saffman |
He was for many years a 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 which he edited for some forty years. Prior to Cambridge he studied at Melbourne High School and University of Melbourne.
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. 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.