Howard A. Stone

Howard A. Stone
Donald R. Dixon ’69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, (Chemical Engineering) 1988


D328 Engineering Quadrangle

Faculty Assistant

Diane Lo

Research Areas

Short Bio

Professor Howard A. Stone received the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Davis in 1982 and the PhD in Chemical Engineering from Caltech in 1988. Following a postdoctoral year in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, in 1989 he joined the faculty of the (now) School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where he eventually became the Vicky Joseph Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics. In 1994 Professor Stone received both the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Award and the Phi Beta Kappa teaching Prize, which are the only two teaching awards given to faculty in Harvard College. In 2000 he was named a Harvard College Professor for his contributions to undergraduate education. In July 2009 he moved to Princeton University where he is Donald R. Dixon ’69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Professor Stone's research interests are in fluid dynamics, especially as they arise in research and applications at the interface of engineering, chemistry, physics, and biology.  In particular, he developed original research directions, using experiments, theory, and simulations, in microfluidics, multiphase flows, electrokinetics, flows involving bacteria and biofilms, etc. He received the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), and is past Chair of the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the APS. For ten years he served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, and is currently on the editorial or advisory boards of Physical Review Fluids, Langmuir, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, and Soft Matter, and is co-editor of the Soft Matter Book Series.  Professor Stone is the first recipient of the G.K. Batchelor Prize in Fluid Dynamics, which was awarded in August 2008, and the 2016 recipient of the Fluid Dynamics Prize of the APS. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2009, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011, and the National Academy of Sciences in 2014.

Selected Publications

M. Abkarian, S. Mendez, N. Xue, F. Yang and H.A. Stone 2020 Speech can produce jet-like transport relevant to asymptomatic spreading of virus. PNAS, 117, 25237–25245

N. Xue and H.A. Stone 2020 Self-similar drainage near a vertical edge. Phys. Rev. Lett.125, 064502.

A. Gupta, P.J. Zuk and H.A. Stone 2020 Charging dynamics of overlapping double layers in a cylindrical nanopores. Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 076001

J.L. Wilson, S. Shim, A. Gupta and H.A. Stone 2020 Diffusiophoresis in multivalent electrolytes. Langmuir 36, 7014-7020

A. Martinez-Calvo, A. Sevilla, G.G. Peng and H.A. Stone 2019 Start-up flow in shallow deformable microchannels. J. Fluid Mech. 885, A25