George Keith Batchelor FRS (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 which he edited for some forty years. Prior to Cambridge he studied at Melbourne High School and University of Melbourne.
George Keith Batchelor
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 |
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.
- 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) . 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.
- 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