Jacques Magnaudet is a Senior Researcher at CNRS, working at IMFT in Toulouse, France. His research focuses on several aspects of hydrodynamics and turbulence in two-phase flows and inhomogeneous fluids. He has long been fascinated by the complex motion of rigid and deformable objects in fluids, be they particles, drops, bubbles or living organisms. Using or developing asymptotic models, numerical codes and simple experiments, he has contributed at a better understanding and prediction of the hydrodynamic loads acting on these bodies when they move in non-uniform or time-dependent flows, and at elucidating the entangled mechanisms leading to their path instability when their motion is gravity- or buoyancy-driven.
He is an associate editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and currently serves as secretary general of EUROMECH, the European Mechanics Society.