Robert H. Kraichnan

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Kraichnan – Robert H. Kraichnan died Feb. 26, 2008, in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 80 years old. Kraichnan was considered the father of modern fluid turbulence theory, to which he made several basic contributions.

Kraichnan received a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from MIT in 1949. He was Albert Einstein's personal assistant from 1949-1950. Later, he worked as a research scientist at Columbia and New York Universities. From 1962 until his death, Kraichnan was self-employed. He received prime grants from several government agencies and served as consultant to a number of organizations. He was Homewood Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Johns Hopkins University from 2003 until his death.Kraichnan is survived by his wife, artist and photographer Judy Moore-Kraichnan, and by his former wife Carol Gebhardt, their son John Kraichnan and granddaughter Sasha Kraichnan.Kraichnan was a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He received the Dirac Medal of the International Center for Theoretical Physics, the Lars Onsager Prize of the American Physical Society, the Adion Medal of l'Observatoire de Nice and other rewards. Arrangements are under the care of The Rivera Family of Santa Fe Funeral Options, 417 East Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505 – 505-989-7032.