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Faculty of Mathematics




  • 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 (1978)
  • 1996-2001: Director, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences
  • 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 (from 1964) 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 

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

  • see my website for complete list of publications up to 2014
  • 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
  • 1978 Magnetic Field Generation in Electrically Conducting Fluids (CUP).
  • 1985 Magnetostatic equilibria and analogous Euler flows of arbitrarily complex topology, J.Fluid Mech.159359-378
  • 2010 Goldstein, R.E., Moffatt, H.K., Pesci, A.I. & Ricca, R.L. Soap-film Möbius strip changes topology with a twist singularity. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci.107,  21979-21984.
  • 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 Bajer, K. & Moffatt, H.K. Magnetic relaxation, current sheets, and structure formation in an extremely tenuous fluid medium. Astrophys. J. 779, 169-183.
  • 2014 Helicity and singular structures in fluid dynamics. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 111, 3663-3670.
  • 2014 Kimura, Y. & Moffatt, H.K. Reconnection of skewed vortices. J.Fluid Mech. 751, 329-345.
  • 2014 The fluid dynamics of James Clerk Maxwell.  In: James Clerk Maxwell: Perspectives on his Life and Work. Eds: R. Flood, M. McCartney & A.Whitaker (Oxford Univ.Press).

A full list of publications can be found here


Towards a finite-time singularity of the Navier–Stokes equations. Part 3. Maximal vorticity amplification
HK Moffatt, Y Kimura
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Viscous Thread Falling on a Spinning Surface
M Lisicki, Ł Adamowicz, A Herczyński, HK Moffatt
– Symmetry
Spreading or contraction of viscous drops between plates: Single, multiple or annular drops
HK Moffatt, H Guest, HE Huppert
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Some topological aspects of fluid dynamics
HK Moffatt
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Extreme events in turbulent flow
HK Moffatt
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Flow induced by the rotation of two circular cylinders in a viscous fluid
E Dormy, HK Moffatt
Singularities in fluid mechanics
HK Moffatt
– Physical Review Fluids
Chiral transfer of angular momentum
HK Moffatt, VA Vladimirov
– Physical Review Fluids
Towards a finite-time singularity of the Navier–Stokes equations. Part 2. Vortex reconnection and singularity evasion
HK Moffatt, Y Kimura
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Towards a finite-time singularity of the Navier–Stokes equations Part 1. Derivation and analysis of dynamical system
HK Moffatt, Y Kimura
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
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