Andreas Acrivos

Andreas Acrivos

Center for Turbulence Research
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Stanford University
Building 500, Room 500L
Stanford, CA 94305


Professor Acrivos is Professor of Chemical Engineering, Emeritus, at Stanford and The Albert Einstein Professor of Science and Engineering, Emeritus, and former director of the Levich Institute at the City College of the City University of New York. He is recognized on an international scale as a leading Chemical Engineering educator and Fluid Dynamicist for his numerous fundamental contributions to laminar boundary theory, asymptotic expansions, heat & mass transfer, the rheology of suspensions and, more recently, the influence of electric fields on the motion of small particles. He also served as the editor of The Physics of Fluids from 1982 through 1997. He was the PhD thesis advisor of more than 50 students many of whom have developed international reputations of their own.

Although formally retired since 2000, Professor Acrivos remains very active professionally and, via the internet, cooperates informally with a number of fluid dynamicists the world over.


  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1954
  • M.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1951
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Syracuse University, 1950

Academic Honors and Awards

Professor Acrivos has received numerous Honors & Awards, such as the Colburn, Professional Progress and Lewis Awards from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Fluid Dynamics Prize from the American Physical Society, the G.I. Taylor Medal from the Society of Engineering Science and the Bingham Medal from the Society of Rheology. He is recognized as an ISI highly cited researcher. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He received the 2001 National Medal of Science at a White House ceremony in 2002.

Recent Journal Publications