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"For his profound contributions in a diversity of areas which include but are not limited to, both linear and non-linear hydrodynamics instabilities, bifurcation phenomena and directional solidification. His impact on the fluid dynamics scene stems not only from his superb ability to apply an optimum combination of physical and mathematical analyses to significant problems, but also from his talented and sympathetic mentoring of a succession of bright research students who are now full-fledged researchers and/or teachers in their own right."Background:
Stephen H. Davis, McCormick School (Institute) Professor and Walter P. Murphy Professor of Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University, received all his degrees at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Ph.D. in Mathematics 1964). He has been Research Mathematician at the RAND Corporation, Lecturer in Mathematics at Imperial College, London, and Assistant, Associate Professor and Full Professor of Mechanics at the Johns Hopkins University. He is Editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and the Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics. He has authored two hundred refereed technical papers in the fields of Fluid Mechanics and Materials Science, and has written a book "Theory of Solidification". He has twice been Chairman of the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is the 1994 recipient of the Fluid Dynamics Prize of the American Physical Society and the 2001 G. I. Taylor Medal of the Society of Engineering Science.