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Major prize for Southampton scientist

Published: 1 November 2013Origin: Engineering

Professor Bharathram Ganapathisubramani from the University of Southampton has been awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize.

The Prizes, with a value of £70,000 each, are awarded to outstanding scholars who have made a substantial and recognised contribution to their particular field of study, recognised at an international level, and where the expectation is that their greatest achievement is yet to come. Approximately 30 prizes are available each year across the five or six topics offered.

Professor Ganapathisubramani was awarded the Prize by the Leverhulme Trust in recognition of his research in the area of experimental fluid mechanics.

His research is aimed at understanding the physical mechanisms involved in turbulent shear flows, such as those that flow past aircraft wings/fuselage and ship hulls, and in developing new ways to improve the efficiency and performance of these systems. He is also interested in understanding the flow mechanisms that occur in biological and bio-inspired systems to help pioneer engineering innovations. His research in these varied topics is underpinned by efforts towards developing of new and appropriate experimental techniques, as well as innovative ways of examining the data obtained from these experiments.

Professor Ganapathisubramani says: "I am truly honoured to be a recipient of the Philip Leverhulme Prize. This will allow me to devote more time to further my research on physics and control of turbulent wall-flows as well as understanding the aero- and hydrodynamics of bio-inspired systems. The award will also enable me to initiate new collaborations with experts from around the world on topics that are relevant to my research interests."

Professor William Powrie, Dean of Engineering and the Environment at the University, adds: "This is a wonderful and well-deserved endorsement of Bharath's work in an area whose strategic importance is being recognised by the University, Government and industry through investment in a state-of-the-art experimental fluid dynamics laboratory as part of our new Engineering Centre of Excellence, Boldrewood Campus."

Professor Ganapathisubramani is a member of the Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics (AFM) Research Group  in Engineering and the Environment at the University. He is also a member of the University's Institute for Life Sciences and the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute.

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1. The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship across a wide range of subjects in engineering, science, social sciences, health and humanities.

With over 23,000 students, around 5000 staff, and an annual turnover well in excess of £435 million, the University of Southampton is acknowledged as one of the country's top institutions for engineering, computer science and medicine. We combine academic excellence with an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to research, supporting a culture that engages and challenges students and staff in their pursuit of learning.

The University is also home to a number of world-leading research centres including the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, the Optoelectronics Research Centre, the Institute for Life Sciences, the Web Science Trust and Doctoral training Centre, the Centre for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute and is a partner of the National Oceanography Centre at the Southampton waterfront campus.

2. The Leverhulme Trust was established by the Will of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers. Since 1925 the Trust has provided grants and scholarships research and education. Today, it is one of the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK, distributing over £60m a year. For more information about the Trust, please visit

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