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Who am I? Academic Interests Research Teaching Other Interests Some Links Contact Info

Who am I? | Academic interests | Research | Teaching | Other interests | Some links | Contact info


Who am I?

I am an Associate Professor in applied mathematics in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at Monash University, and I have been lecturing in the department since June 1983. My academic interests are outlined in more detail below, but broadly my research is mainly in the area of analytical and computational fluid dynamics and my principal teaching interests are in numerical methods for PDEs, fluid dynamics and differential equations.

Prior to arriving at Monash I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of East Anglia (in Norwich, U.K.) after completing my Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics at University College London in 1981. The main topic of my Ph.D. concerned the dynamics of viscous rotating fluid flows at low Rossby numbers. My first degree was a B.Sc. (Hons) in Mathematics from The University of Western Australia. I was born in England, migrated to Australia (with my parents!) when I was eight, grew up in Perth, Western Australia, and now live in Melbourne, Victoria.


Academic Interests

My research work is mainly in the broad area of fluid dynamics, particularly in low Rossby number viscous rotating flows and high Reynolds number laminar boundary-layer flows. From these areas my interests also extend into computational fluid dynamics and many areas of geophysical fluid dynamics, including aspects of both oceanography and meteorology. Some of my current projects are listed below.

Of course, teaching and administration are also part of my role at Monash. On the administrative side, I am currently Head of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics as well as being our Director of Undergraduate Studies. Details of my current teaching interests are outlined under below.

I am also the treasurer of the Victorian Branch of ANZIAM, the Australasian society which aims to promote interest in industrial and applied mathematics.


Current Research

I am still working on this section, so it is still a bit thin on detail at the moment...

Some projects on which I am currently involved include:

  • Flow past obstacles on a beta-plane: I have published four papers in this area, jointly with Ted Johnson at University College London;
  • Viscous flow past a sphere moving up the axis in a rotating frame: looking at various aspects of this surprising and rather complicated flow, and the analogous problem of the flow past a cylinder in a stratified fluid, which another graduate student Andrew Forwood is working on;
  • The flow past a cylinder in a homogeneous rotating fluid at low Rossby numbers: on which I have published a series of papers, principally on singularities in the steady boundary layers and on the form of the separated flow.

If you would like to find out more details of my research work, let me know.



I have taught a wide range of subjects during my time at Monash (makes it sounds like a prison sentence, but it hasn't really been like that). Some of the subjects I have given recently include:

  • A4031 Advanced Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations, one of the units in the Honours level subject MAT4000 which I gave up until 1996, and will give as a team effort with three others in 1998;
  • MAT3102 Advanced Fluid Dynamics;
  • MAT3041 Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations in first semester 1997, and again in 1998;
  • MAT2040 Differential Equations in second semester 1997;
  • MAT2920 Engineering Mathematics IV, which I gave in first semester 1995 and again in second semester 1997.

Although I am no longer lecturing in the subject, I also have a long-standing interest in the MAT2072 Introduction to Numerical Methods subject given by the department and in 1988 I published a set of printed lecture notes for that subject. For more details of other subjects offered by the Department of Mathematics & Statistics towards a B.Sc. degree, see the Mathematics entry in the Faculty of Science Handbook.


Other Interests

Outside of work I enjoy skiing, digging holes in golf courses, trying not to capsize sailing dinghies (I'm still learning), and going places with my wife Helen (including dining out, theatre and movies). I listen to a wide variety of music, but my recent favourites include Mary Black, Clannad, Loreena McKennitt and Wendy Matthews.

My current preoccupation is renovating an old Victorian terrace house.


Some additional links

Places to go and things to find out:

  • A transcript of David Blest's Ockhams Razor talk; given on ABC Radio National on 29 June 1997, which outline some reasons why maths is important to everyone.


Contact information

Assoc. Prof. Michael A. Page
Snail mail: Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Monash University, Victoria 3800, Australia
Email: Michael.Page@sci.monash.edu.au
Phone/Fax: +61 3 9905 4486/5020


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