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Jens Eggers
University of Bristol


"For analysis of singularities as a unifying theme for physical and mathematical insights into a wide variety of two-phase fluid mechanics problems involving jets, coalescence, entrainment and wetting."


Jens Eggers is a professor of applied mathematics at the University of Bristol in the UK. He received his undergraduate diploma in physics from RWTH Aachen University in 1987, and his Ph.D. in 1990 from Marburg University in Germany. His Ph.D. work focused on cascade models of turbulence, under the supervision of Siegfried Grossmann. Dr. Eggers’ career has been devoted to the understanding of self-similar phenomena. He has made fundamental contributions to our mathematical understanding of free-surface flows, in particular breakup and coalescence of drops. His work is instrumental in establishing the study singularities as a research field fluid dynamics and applied mathematics. With Marco Fontelos, Dr. Eggers recently published a book with Cambridge University Press. In it, he presents a unifying view of singularities in Physics, Mathematics,and Engineering, and aims to make the subject accessible to a wider audience. Dr. Eggers has also worked on non-Newtonian flows as well granular flows,especially their tendency to form clusters. He continues to have an interest in statistical physics, most recently dynamic arrest in glasses and gels. He is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Erfurt, Germany, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and has been made a Euromech Fellow. Dr. Eggers’ most recent work concerns the spatial structure of shock waves in compressible gas dynamics, and singularities in nonlinear elasticity.

Selection Committee:

2017 Selection Committee Members: Karen Flack (Chair), S. Balachandar (Vice Chair), Randy Ewoldt, Ivan Marusic, Eckart Meiburg, Rajat Mittal, Stephen Pope, Grae Worster