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Published January 2013 | public
Journal Article

Philip G. Saffman


This article surveys the contributions of Philip Geoffrey Saffman to our knowledge of fluid-dynamical phenomena both in nature and in the laboratory. We begin with Saffman's first work on fluid mechanics in Cambridge, England, in the mid-1950s and then describe the evolution of his ideas and research, over many diverse areas in fluid mechanics until his final paper in 2002. It is argued that Saffman brought a unique perspective to our interpretation of fluid mechanics as a broad scientific discipline that remains with us today.

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© 2013 by Annual Reviews. First published online as a Review in Advance on August 16, 2012. The authors acknowledge valuable comments, contributions, and insights provided by Ruth Saffman, Louise Wannier, Mark Saffman, Gregory Baker, Stephen Cowley, and Anthony Pearson.

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