The Global Energy Prize laureate 2007
OVER THE LINE
Geoffrey Hewitt dedicated his life to research of inconceivable phenomena at the interface of media, studies of multiphase flows and their description
While the first physicists used to reduce the world to components in order to describe it and discovered elements one by one, present- day researchers move broadwise and vice versa, they combine and mix things. Today, many discoveries are made not BEYOND the limits between the known and unknown environments, but right ON this boundary. In particular, it is true for thermal physics which unites the knowledge of the nature of energy. It’s here that scientists witness extraordinary phenomena and find explanations to then, study the laws governing this moving world, and look for possibilities to utilize them. One of the pioneers in the field of research of multiphase flows, who dedicated his life to researching phenomena at the interface of media is Geoffrey Hewitt, a British chemical engineer with many years of experience in this segment of thermophysics. Dr. Hewitt became part of academic community in his fifties, but he considers useful that his purely scientific work followed actual technological practice. Later, the scientist agreed that both practical developments and academic research were both exciting at the same level. “Chemical engineering is a universal and comprehensive topic. It provides the possibility to study an endless number of things which had not yet been studied in this world”, he said, “I never regretted not to take care of my career because I was lucky to dive deep into my area of research, and namely, multiphase flows”. Dr. Hewitt also admits that recognition of his scientific discoveries by society and popularity do not especially excite him either. Moreover, a man who had written dozens of articles and delivered hundreds of lectures all over the world does not attach much value to “scientific enlightenment” as such. “I have never desired to inform the public of my work,” he says. “Although I never refused to give a lecture or provide a consultation as an industrial advisor. The main drivers of success in science are the researcher’s passion and curiosity about how the world is structured. It’s curiosity which dictates participation in scientific conferences.