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Prof Andrew Gilbert



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After spending my formative years at Bury Grammar School, I took my first degree in Mathematics in Cambridge (first class each year) followed by the Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics ('Part III') for which I was awarded a Distinction and the Mayhew Prize.

I then worked for a PhD in DAMTP, Cambridge under the supervision of Prof. Keith Moffatt. After a year as a Researcher at the Observatoire de Nice (with Uriel Frisch) and 3 years as a Research Fellow at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, I moved to Exeter, where I am now a Professor of Mathematical Physics, with interests in fluid mechanics, magnetic field generation in fluid flows, mixing processes and dynamical systems. 

I was pleased to be the recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship for the academic year 2007/8, and was working on problems of singularities in fluid flows and mixing in flows dominated by coherent vortices.

Research Interests


Teaching Interests

I teach a range of modules, at present Fluid Dynamics, and Waves, Instabilities and Turbulence, and supervise MMath projects. In 2013/14 I am also giving a MAGIC lecture course (with Prof. Mitch Berger) on Topological Fluid Mechanics.


I have the administrative role of Director of Postgraduate Researchers in the College, and sit on the Graduate Reseach Faculty Board. I am on the College and Mathematics/Computer Science Athena SWAN committees. I am External Examiner in Applied Mathematics at Newcastle University.

Other Relevant Information

1994 - Member, London Mathematical Society.

2001 - Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society.

2002 - Fellow, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

2003-10 Book review editor: Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics.

2004 - Editor: Fluid Dynamics Research.

Qualifications:  MA, PhD (Cantab), FIMA, CMath, FRAS.


Jones, S.E. & Gilbert, A.D. 2013 Dynamo action in the ABC flows using symmetries. Geophys. Astrophys. Fluid Dynam., in press.

Gilbert, A.D., Riedinger, X. & Thuburn, J. 2013 On the form of the viscous term for two dimensional Navier–Stokes flows. QJMAM, submitted.

Riedinger, X. & Gilbert, A.D. 2013 Critical layer and radiative instabilities in shallow water shear flows. J. Fluid Mech., submitted.