Howard Alvin Stone Wins 2016 Fluid Dynamics Prize

COLLEGE PARK, MD, July 20, 2016 – Howard Alvin Stone of Princeton University has won the American Physical Society’s 2016 Fluid Dynamics Prize. The annual prize was established to recognize and encourage outstanding achievement in fluid dynamics research. The prize consists of $10,000, an allowance for registration and travel to the 2016 APS Division of Fluid Dynamics meeting in Portland, Oregon, and a certificate citing Stone’s contributions. The meeting will take place November 20-22.

The Fluid Dynamics Prize citation honors Stone for “seminal contributions to our understanding of low Reynolds number flows, microfluidics, interfacial phenomena and biological fluid dynamics, and for his inspirational contributions to teaching and communicating the beauty and power of Fluid Mechanics in Physics and Engineering.”

The prize was established in 1979 with support from the Office of Naval Research. In 2004, the Otto Laporte Award was combined with the Fluid Dynamics Prize so that the Division of Fluid Dynamics would have a single major prize — the Fluid Dynamics Prize. The prize is now supported by the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, friends of Otto Laporte, and the American Institute of Physics journal Physics of Fluids.

Howard A. Stone is the Donald R. Dixon ‘69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. Stone is a fluid dynamicist who uses experiments, theory and numerical simulations to study transport problems at the intersections of engineering, biology, physics and applied mathematics. He is known for developing original research directions in microfluidics including studies and applications involving bubbles and droplets, red blood cells, bacteria, chemical kinetics, etc.

Stone received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the UC Davis in 1982 and the Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Caltech in 1988. In 1989 Stone joined the faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where he eventually became the Vicky Joseph Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics. In 2000 he was named a Harvard College Professor for his contributions to undergraduate education. In July 2009 Stone moved to Princeton University. He is a Fellow of the APS and was past Chair of the Division of Fluid Dynamics. In 2008 he was the first recipient of the G.K. Batchelor Prize in Fluid Dynamics. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2009, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011, and the National Academy of Sciences in 2014.

Contact: James Riordon, APS,, (301) 209-3238

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