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Biographical entry Phan-Thien, Nhan (1952 - )


31 October 1952
An Giang, South Vietnam
Mechanical engineer


Nhan Phan-Thien has been Professor in Mechanical Engineering (Personal Chair), University of Sydney since 1991. He has undertaken theoretical research into rheology (the study of the flow of matter) and parallel computing. His work on the stability of torsional flows and cone-and-plate flows has important implications for experimental rheology. His increasing focus on computation has led to a pioneering method of die design. Studies of flagella propulsion, suspension mechanics and bread dough modelling are among his recent achievements.


Born An Giang, South Vietnam, 31 October 1952. Educated University of Sydney (BE (Mech. Eng., hons) 1975, PhD 1978). Research Engineer, M.D. Research Pty Ltd, Sydney 1975-76; Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, University of Newcastle 1978-80; Lecturer in Mechanical Enginering, University of Sydney 1980-83, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering 1983-86, Reader In Mechanical Engineering 1986-91, Professor in Mechanical Engineering (Personal Chair) 1991-present; External Consultant, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico 1989-present. William and Jane Grahame prize for meritorious paper published within 5 years after graduation 1976; Senior Fulbright Scholar 1982-83; Edgeworth David Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales 1982; Australian Society of Rheology Medal 1997; Gordon Bell Prize, in the Price-Performance category, IEEE Computer Society 1997; Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1999.

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