Professor K Walters, FRS


Personal Details

Address:  Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science,
               University of Aberystwyth,
               SY23 3BZ.
Tel:        (44) (0)1970 622750


Ken Walters was educated at the University of Swansea, where he graduated with 1st class honours in Applied Mathematics in 1956. He was awarded the MSc degree in 1957 for research into Atmospheric Diffusion and the PhD degree in 1959 for research into Rheology. His Ph.D.supervisor was the late Professor J G Oldroyd.


After a year researching and lecturing in the USA, Ken Walters returned to Wales at the University of Aberystwyth. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1965, Reader in 1970 and was made Professor in 1973. His current title is "Distinguished Research Professor".  He was awarded the DSc degree of the University of Wales in 1985 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991. Between 1974-76, he was President of the British Society of Rheology and received their Gold Medal in 1984. In 1995, Professor Walters was elected a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Engineering of the United States. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France, in 1988, by Strathclyde University, Scotland, in 2011, and by Aberystwyth University in 2016. In 2002, he received the Weissenberg Award of the European Society of Rheology.


In 2009, Professor Walters became one of the Founding Fellows of the Learned Society of Wales

From 2010 - 2015, Professor Walters accepted an invitation to become a member of the Science Advisory Council for Wales (SACW).

In 2014, Professor Walters was elected as a Member of the International Academy of Engineering.

Professor Walters has written 6 books and 150 research papers. He was Executive Editor of the Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics from its launch in 1976 until the publication of Vol. 100 in 2002. He now has the title “Founding Editor” and remains a member of the Editorial Board.


From 1996-2000, Professor Walters was the (first) President of the European Society of Rheology and, from 2000 to 2004, he was Chairman of the International Committee on Rheology.