William Craig Reynolds


William Craig Reynolds (March 16, 1933 – January 3, 2004) was a fluid physicist and mechanical engineer who specialized in turbulent flow and computational fluid dynamics. He completed his undergraduate degrees, as well as his doctorate, all at Stanford University, in 1954, 1955, and 1957, respectively, after which he joined the faculty.[2] He was chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department from 1972 to 1982 and again from 1989 to 1992. Reynolds was one of the pioneers in Large eddy simulation for fluid modeling.[2] He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1979. He won the Fluid Engineering Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1989 and the Otto Laporte Award by the American Physical Society in 1992.

William C. Reynolds
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BornMarch 16, 1933
DiedJanuary 3, 2004 (2004-01-04) (aged 70)
Alma materStanford University
AwardsOtto Laporte Award (1992)
Scientific career
FieldsFluid mechanics
InstitutionsStanford University
Doctoral advisorWilliam M. Kays[1]
Stephen J. Kline[1]
Doctoral studentsFazle Hussain
Parviz Moin


  1. ^ a b Reynolds, William Craig (September 1957). "Ph.D Dissertation: Heat Transfer in the Turbulent Incompressible Boundary Layer with Constant and Variable Wall Temperature". Stanford University: i–iii. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b Moin, P. (2007), "William C. Reynolds", Memorial Tributes: National Academy of Engineering, 11: 266–269

Further readingEdit

  • Bradshaw, Peter (2005), "William Craig Reynolds", Physics Today, 58 (4): 85–86, Bibcode:2005PhT....58R..85B, doi:10.1063/1.1955501
  • Reynolds, W.C. (1976), "Computation of Turbulent Flows", Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, 8: 183–208, Bibcode:1976AnRFM...8..183R, doi:10.1146/annurev.fl.08.010176.001151, hdl:2060/19750022392, S2CID 122972588

External linksEdit

  • Obituary from Stanford University, January 13, 2004, retrieved 2012-12-23