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Stephen B. Pope
Cornell University


"For seminal contributions to the understanding and prediction of turbulent phenomena, especially the development of the PDF approach for turbulent flows."


Steve Pope is the Sibley College Professor in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. He received his undergraduate and graduate education in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Imperial College, London, receiving his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in 1971 and 1976. Following post-doctoral positions at Imperial College and at the California Institute of Technology, he joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978, and then moved to Cornell in 1982. Steve Popes research is in the areas of modeling and simulation of turbulent flows and turbulent combustion. He pioneered the use of probability density function (PDF) models for turbulent reactive flows, and has made various contributions to the statistical modeling of turbulent flows, and to their study via direct numerical simulations. For combustion chemistry, he has developed a number of dimension reduction and tabulation methodologies. His textbook Turbulent Flows was published in 2000. Steve Pope is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and of: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the American Physical Society; the Institute of Physics; and, the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He has been chair of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics (2006-07), and was program co-chair of the 31st International Combustion Symposium (2006). In 2008 he was awarded the Zeldovich Gold Medal of the Combustion Institute.

Selection Committee:

Moshe Matalon, Charles Meneveau, Laurette Tuckerman, Julio Ottino, Robert Ecke

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