Leslie Gary Leal (born 18
March 1943) is the Warren & Katharine Schlinger Professor of
Chemical Engineering at the University of
California, Santa Barbara.
He is known for his research work in the
dynamics of complex fluids
born in Bellingham, Washington.
received his B.S. degree from the University of
Washington in 1965, M.S. degree from the Stanford
University in 1968, and Ph.D. degree from the Stanford
University in 1969; all in chemical engineering.
Ph.D. thesis advisor was Andreas
started his academic career in 1970 as an Assistant Professor in
chemical engineering at California
Institute of Technology.
He became Full Professor in 1978. During
1986-1989, he was Chevron Distinguished Professor of Chemical
Engineering. In 1989, Leal joined University of California, Santa
Barbara as Professor and Chair in the Department of Chemical
Engineering. He is currently the Warren and Katharine
Schlinger Professor of Chemical Engineering at UCSB.
Leal's research covers a wide range of topics in fluid dynamics,
including dynamics of complex fluids, such as polymeric liquids,
emulsions, polymer blends, and liquid crystalline polymers. He also
works on large-scale computer simulation of complex fluid flows.
Leal and his coworkers made pioneering contribution to study of
drop deformation under different flow conditions. They have
developed a scheme based on a finite difference approximation
the equations of motion, applied on a boundary-fitted orthogonal
curvilinear coordinate system, inside and outside the drop. Leal
has published more than 250 papers on fluid dynamics
. He has directed 55 Ph.D.
thesis in various topics in fluid dynamics.
Honors and awards
- Distinguished Scholar Lecturer, Mechanical
and Aerospace Engineering, Arizona State University, October 2006
- Fluid Dynamics Prize,
American Physical Society,
- Highly Cited Researchers, Original Member, 100 Most Highly
Cited Researchers in Engineering, ISI Thompson Scientific,
- Bingham Medal, The Society of
Institute of Physics, 2001
- L. G. Leal, Laminar Flow and Convective Transport
Processes, Butterworth-Heinemann, Stoneham,
Massachusetts, 740 pages (1992).
- L. G. Leal, Advanced Transport Phenomena: Fluid Mechanics
and Convective Transport Processes, Cambridge University Press, New
- L. Gary Leal at University of
California, Santa Barbara
- 2002 Fluid Dynamics Prize Recipient
- ISI Highly Cited Author - L. Gary Leal