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Grigory Barenblatt

Professor Grigory Barenblatt ForMemRS

Foreign Member

Elected: 2000


Grigory Barenblatt was a Soviet Russian mathematician who studied fluid and solid mechanics and oceanology. His diverse areas of interest included fracture mechanics, fluid and gas flow within porous media, the mechanics of non-classical deformable solids, as well as turbulence, combustion and explosion theory.

His work helped to make significant contributions to developing the theory and application of asymptotic analysis, especially around intermediate asymptotic analysis, nonlinear eigenvalue problems, and the relationship with renormalization groups.

Grigory received many awards in recognition of his work, including the Timoshenko Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Modesto Panetti Gold Medal and Prize, and the Maxwell and G. I. Taylor prizes. In addition to being a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, he was elected to the membership of many other prestigious scientific societies, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1975, the US National Academy of Engineering in 1992, the Cambridge Philosophical Society in 1993, Academia Europaea in 1993 and the US National Academy of Sciences in 1997.

Professor Grigory Barenblatt ForMemRS died on 22 June 2018.

Professional positions

Emeritus G.I.Taylor Professor of Fluid Mechanics, University of Cambridge

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Applied mathematics, Bone fracture, Fluid mechanics, Mathematical models, Physical oceanography, Subterranean Fluid Mechanics, Turbulence