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"In recognition of his definitive characterizing of the onset of turbulence, his pioneering investigations of chaotic advection and fluid dynamics in rotating flows, and his discoveries and insights concerning pattern formation in chemical dynamics using novel experimental techniques. Professor Swinney's efforts were the first to bridge the gap between nonlinear dynamical systems theory and laboratory investigations of flow phenomena. His ability to bring together different fields of science to explore new ground with rigor, dedication, and enthusiasm is truly remarkable."Background:
Prof. Swinney received his Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University in 1968, where he remained as a research associate and assistant professor until 1971. After two years as an assistant professor at New York University, he joined the faculty of the City College of the City University of New York. In 1978 he moved to the University of Texas at Austin, where is presently the Sid Richardson Foundation Regents Chair in Physics. Since 1985 he has also served as director of the university's Center for Nonlinear Dynamics. Swinney's extensive service for the APS includes terms on the APS Executive Board and Council, and on the Executive Committee of the Division of Fluid Dynamics.