# George Batchelor

**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 at Melbourne High School and University of Melbourne.^{[3]}

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 |

Alma mater | University of Melbourne |

Known for | Batchelor vortex Prandtl–Batchelor theorem Batchelor–Chandrasekhar equation Batchelor scale |

Awards | Adams Prize (1950) Royal Medal (1988) Timoshenko Medal (1988) |

Scientific career | |

Fields | Applied mathematics Fluid dynamics |

Institutions | University of Cambridge |

Doctoral advisor | Geoffrey Ingram Taylor |

Doctoral students | Philip Saffman Keith Moffatt Adrian Gill |

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]}

The Batchelor Prize award, is named in his honour and is awarded every four years at the meeting of the International Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.^{[6]}

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## ReferencesEdit

**^**Moffatt, H. K. (2002). "George Keith Batchelor. 8 March 1920 – 30 March 2000".*Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society*.**48**: 25–41. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2002.0002. JSTOR 3650247.**^**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): 1–14. Bibcode:2000JFM...421....1H. doi:10.1017/S0022112000001968.**^**Gregory, Alan (2005).*Strong Like Its Pillars*. Melbourne: Thompson Library Trust. ISBN 978-0-646-43922-8.**^**G. K. Batchelor (2000) [1967].*An Introduction to Fluid Dynamics*. Cambridge Mathematical Library series, Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-66396-0.**^**"Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 20 May 2011.**^**"The Batchelor Prize in Fluid Mechanics - IUTAM".*iutam.org*. Retrieved 2016-03-27.

## External linksEdit

- O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "George Batchelor",
*MacTutor History of Mathematics archive*, University of St Andrews. *An Introduction to Fluid Dynamics*by G. K. Batchelor^{[permanent dead link]}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