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Biography

AbstractImportant DatesOccupationPlacesSubjects

Relationships

PeopleInstitutions

H. L. Swinney

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Dates

April 10, 1939 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Swinney, H. L., 1939-

Additional Forms of Names

Swinney, H. L. (Harry L.), 1939-

Swinney, Harry L., 1939-

Biography

Abstract

Hary Swinney is Sid Richardson Foundation Regents Professor of Physics at University of Texas, Austin (1990-present). Other institutional affiliations include City University of New York. His research interests include instabilities and turbulence as studied in experiments on nonequilibrium systems, particularly fluids and granular media.

Important Dates

April 10, 1939Birth, Opelousas (La.).

1961Obtained BS, Rhodes College, Memphis (Tenn.).

1968Obtained PhD in Physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (Md.).

1968 – 1971Research Associate in Physics (1968-1970) and Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics (1970-1971), Johns Hopkins University.

1971 – 1973Assistant Professor of Physics, New York University.

1973 – 1978Associate Professor of Physics (1973-1977) and Professor of Physics (1978), City College, City University of New York, New York (N.Y.).

1977Fellow, American Physical Society.

1978 – presentProfessor of Physics (1978-1984); Trull Centennial Professor of Physics (1984-1990); Director, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics (1985-present); and Sid Richardson Foundation Regents Professor of Physics (1990-present), University of Texas, Austin, Austin (Tex.).

1991Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

1992Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1995Awarded Fluid Dynamics Prize, American Physical Society.

1999Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Occupation

Soft matter physicist.

Places

Birth

Opelousas (La.)

Undergraduate Education

Memphis (Tenn.)

Graduate Education

Baltimore (Md.)

Employment

New York (N.Y.)

Austin (Tex.)

Subjects

Fluid dynamics.

Soft condensed matter.

Turbulence.

Relationships

People

Colleagues

Bederson, Benjamin

Both employed at New York University.

Cummins, Herman Z., 1933-

Both employed at Johns Hopkins University and City University of New York.

DeWitt, Bryce S. (Bryce Seligman), 1923-2004

Both employed at University of Texas, Austin.

Kimble, H. Jeff (Harry Jeffrey), 1949-

Both employed at University of Texas, Austin.

Lax, Melvin J.

Both employed at City University of New York.

MacDonald, A. H.

Both employed at University of Texas, Austin.

Marshak, Robert E. (Robert Eugene), 1916-1992

Both employed at City University of New York.

Polchinski, Joseph Gerard

Both employed at University of Texas, Austin.

Sarachik, Myriam P.

Both employed at City University of New York.

Spruch, Larry

Both employed at New York University.

Weinberg, Steven, 1933-

Both employed at University of Texas, Austin.

Wheeler, John Archibald, 1911-2008

Both employed at University of Texas, Austin.

Institutions

Major Positions

City University of New York. City College. Physics Department

Associate Professor and Professor of Physics.

Johns Hopkins University. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD (1968). Research Associate and Visiting Assistant Professor.

New York University. Department of Physics

Assistant Professor of Physics.

University of Texas at Austin. Department of Physics

Professor of Physics; Trull Centennial Professor of Physics; Sid Richardson Foundation Regents Professor of Physics; and Director, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Fellow.

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Fellow.

American Physical Society

Fellow and received 1995 Fluid Dynamics Prize.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Rhodes College

Obtained BS (1961).

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