Professor Keith Moffatt



  • 2002-present:  Emeritus Professor of Mathematical Physics
  • 2002-2003: Blaise Pascal Professor, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris
  • 2000-2004: President, International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
  • 1961-1976 and 1980-present: Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge
  • 1980-2002: Professor of Mathematical Physics
  • 1996-2001: Director, Isaac Newton Institute
  • 1992-1999: Professeur en temps partiel, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau
  • 1983-1991: Head of DAMTP
  • 1977-1980: Professor of Applied Mathematics, Bristol University
  • 1966-1983: Editor, J.Fluid Mech.
  • 1961-1976: Assistant Lecturer, then Lecturer, DAMTP


Keith is a member of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. His  research interests are Dynamo Theory, Vortex Dynamics, Turbulence, and all aspects of Fluid Dynamics 

Selected Publications

  • see for complete list of publications up to 2010
  • 1964  Viscous and resistive eddies near a sharp corner. J.Fluid Mech. 18, 1-18.
  • 1969 The degree of knottedness of tangled vortex lines, J.Fluid Mech., 35, 117-129
  • 1985 Magnetostatic equilibria and analogous Euler flows of arbitrarily complex topology, J.Fluid Mech. 359-378
  • 1978 Magnetic Field Generation in Electrically Conducting Fluids (CUP)
  • 2010 A Voyage through Turbulence (Eds: P.Davidson, H.K.Moffatt, K.Sreenivasan & Y.Kaneda), CUP
  • 2010 Environmental Hazards: Fluid Dynamics of Extreme Events (Eds: H.K.Moffatt & E.Shuckburgh)
  • 2012 Homogeneous Turbulence: an Introductory Review. J. of Turbulence, 13:1, N39
  • 2013 The Fluid Dynamics of James Clerk Maxwell (In: James Clerk Maxwell, Eds: R. Flood, M. McCartney & A.Whitaker (Oxford Univ.Press, to appear)
  • 2013 Three Coins in a Fountain. J.Fluid Mech. (to appear)