UK Nonlinear News, May 1999

Nonlinear Science in Australia

Harvinder Sidhu's regular column

Harvinder Sidhu research interests are in combustion, in particular analysing reactions in chemical reactors within a dynamical systems framework. He is currently a member of the School of Mathematics and Statistics, Australian Defence Force Academy. He writes a column covering nonlinear science in Australia.

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Combustion Meeting in Honour of Prof. B.F. Gray

Harvinder's picture Immediately following the above Applied Mathematics conference, a combustion meeting in Honour of Prof Brian Gray was held from 11 - 12 February 1999 also at Mollymook, Australia. This was to mark Brian's retirement from Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) where he has held a chair in Chemistry since 1977. We are sure that the combustion community both locally and internationally are well aware that this is only a retirement from academia and not from combustion research. The meeting was also to pay tribute to Brian's enormous and valuable contribution to areas such as quantum chemistry, branching chain reactions, muscle modelling, spontaneous ignition (both theory and experiments), and general nonlinear analysis of chemical reactions. There were around 25 delegates, some of whom came from as far as the U.K. and U.S.A. especially for this meeting. Perhaps this isn't surprising as Brian's career has taken him to many countries and his 190 publications to date have included 61 co-authors. Overall the meeting was a huge success with excellent talks, great weather and a picturesque location. Most of the papers presented at this meeting have also been submitted to an upcoming special edition of the Journal of the Australian Mathematics Society, Series B (Applied Mathematics).

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