Stanley Corrsin


Stanley Corrsin (3 April 1920 – 2 June 1986) was an American physicist, fluid dynamicist, and Theophilus Halley Smoot Professor of Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University.[1] He was known for his contributions in the field of fluid dynamics in general and turbulence in particular. He was a recipient of Fluid Dynamics Prize in 1983.[2] Corrsin died of cancer on 2 June 1986 at the age of 66.[3]

Stanley Corrsin
Born(1920-04-03)3 April 1920
Died2 June 1986(1986-06-02) (aged 66)
NationalityFlag of the United States.svg American
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
California Institute of Technology
Known forTurbulence
Corrsin equation
AwardsOtto Laporte Award (1979)
Fluid Dynamics Prize (1983)
Scientific career
FieldsFluid dynamics
InstitutionsJohns Hopkins University
Doctoral advisorHans Liepmann
Doctoral studentsJohn Lumley
Mohamed Gad-el-Hak
Stavros Tavoularis

Education and careerEdit

Corrsin was born on 3 April 1920 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[4] He received his B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1940. He entered the California Institute of Technology for his graduate studies and worked in the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory under Theodore von Kármán. After receiving his M.S. degree in 1942, Corrsin joined the Ph.D. program under the supervision of Hans Liepmann and obtained the degree in 1947. His thesis work was on the flow of a turbulent jet and he was the first advisee of Liepmann. Corrsin joined the Department of Aeronautics at Johns Hopkins University in 1947 as an Assistant Professor. He became an Associate Professor in 1951 and then was named Professor of mechanical Engineering in 1955. He served as department chair of Mechanical Engineering from 1955 to 1960. He was at various times affiliated with the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Mechanics and Materials Science. In 1979, he helped found the Department of Chemical Engineering. In 1981, he became the first Theophilus Halley Smoot Professor of Engineering at Johns Hopkins.[3]

Principal worksEdit

Corrsin worked in both experimental and theoretical fluid dynamics. He made a number of fundamental contributions to the study of turbulence, enhancing the understanding of turbulent mixing and the interfaces between turbulent and nonturbulent fluid. In later years, Corrsin developed an interest in various medical and biological problems, including human locomotion, blood flow in the human body, arterial flutter, and the aerodynamics of the albatross and of formation flying in bird flocks.[5] During his 40 years career, Corrsin had published about a hundred research articles and supervised 25 Ph.D. students.[3]

Awards and honorsEdit

Corrsin was a recipient of 1983 Fluid Dynamics Prize of The American Physical Society. The citation reads: "In recognition of his contributions to the understanding of turbulent transport, through ingenious experiment and physical insight; his unique experimental approach and critical view of fluid mechanics have touched a legion of students and associates."[2]

In 1986, just before his death, the Engineering Mechanics divisions of the American Society of Civil Engineers awarded him the Theodore von Kármán Medal for his contributions to the study of turbulence.[5] Corrsin was a Member of American Academy of Engineering.[6]

In memory of Professor Stanley Corrsin, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins has established the "Stanley Corrsin Lecture in Fluid Mechanics".[1]


  1. ^ a b "The Stanley Corrsin Memorial Lecture". Johns Hopkins University - Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b "1983 Fluid Dynamics Prize Recipient". American Physical Society. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Liepmann, Hans W. (1989). Memorial Tributes: National Academy of Engineering, Volume 3 – STANLEY CORRSIN. National Academy of Sciences. pp. 94–99. doi:10.17226/1384. ISBN 978-0-309-03939-0. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Array of Contemporary American Physicists – Stanley Corrsin". American Institute of Physics. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Physics Today – Stanley Corrsin". Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  6. ^ "Dr. Stanley Corrsin". National Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 28 July 2010.

External linksEdit

  • Stanley Corrsin at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  • STANLEY CORRSIN: 1920–1986 – Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics
  • A Photograph of Stanley Corrsin
  • Video recording of the J.J. Riley's lecture on life and work of Stanley Corrsin