Journal of Fluid Mechanics

Geoffrey Ingram Taylor, 7 March 1886–27 June 1975

G. K.  Batchelor a1
a1 Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9EW

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G. I. Taylor was a happy man who spent a long life doing what he wanted most to do and doing it supremely well. He was a natural scientist whose character and activities were perfectly matched, and that allowed the fullest use of his creative talents. This short article is intended to help the understanding of G. I. Taylor's approach to his research by providing some information about the man and his life, in particular the major events in his early adult years which determined the direction of much of his subsequent research. A list of the now rather numerous articles about the man and his family and his work is appended.

(Published Online April 21 2006)
(Received April 28 1986)