Center for Fluid Mechanics

Martin Maxey

The Charles Pitts Robinson and John Palmer Barstow Professor of Applied Mathematics and Engineering
Division of Applied Mathematics
Box F
182 George Street
Providence, RI 02912
Research Interests Shear Flows of Viscous Suspensions, Turbulent Two-phase Flows, Self-assembled Structures Using Magnetic or Electric Fields, Active Suspensions of Micro-swimmers, Bacteria


Professor Maxey completed his undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Cambridge and received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics in 1979. In 1977, he was a pre-doctoral research fellow in the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Summer Program at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He held a post-doctoral position in the Department of Mechanics and Materials Science at the Johns Hopkins University and subsequently was a lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Johns Hopkins. He joined the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University in 1982. He is Professor of Applied Mathematics and Engineering and has served as Director of the Center for Fluid Mechanics, Turbulence and Computation.   He is presently an editor of Fluid Dynamics Research and was a member of the editorial advisory board for the International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 1997-2010. He has served on a number of committees for the American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics including the Executive Committee (2006-2009). He is a fellow of the American Physical Society.


  • Fellow, American Physical Society, elected September 2005
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Invited Research Fellow, 1997
  • Rayleigh Essay Prize, University of Cambridge, 1977
  • Research Scholarship and College Prize, Trinity Hall, Cambridge, 1975
  • Scholarship and College Prize, Trinity Hall, Cambridge, 1972 and 1973