Obituary: Robert H. Kraichnan, 80, of WSE, Expert in
Modern Turbulence Theory
Robert H. Kraichnan, Homewood Professor of Mechanical Engineering
and a member of the
National Academy of Sciences, died on Feb. 26 in Santa Fe,
N.M., after a long illness. He was 80.
Kraichnan's early work was in general relativity, and
he was one of Albert Einstein's last
assistants at the Institute for Advanced Study.
Most of Kraichnan's work since the mid-1950s was on
fluid mechanical turbulence, and he was
considered by many to be the father of modern turbulence
theory. He won many prestigious awards,
including the Dirac Medal, the APS Onsager Prize and the
APS Fluid Dynamics Prize.
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