|Prof, Viktor Saljnikov was
born on January 21, 1927 in Peć (Yugoslavia), in a family of Russian emigrants.
He graduated in 1951 at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of mechanical
Engineering, and immediately became a teaching assistant at that faculty,
Chair of Fluid Mechanics, In 1956 he earned another undergraduate diploma,
at the Faculty of Science and Mathematics, Department of Mechanics, and
soon after that he left for Germany, to the Institute of Applied Mathematics
at the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, where he began working on
his Ph.D. Thesis under the supervision of Prof. Henry Görtler, a world's
famous scientist, well-known for his work in the boundary layer theory,
hydrodynamic stability theory, and geophysical fluid dynamics. At that
institute he became for the first time acquainted with the boundary layer
theory - the field of fluid mechanics which will designate his whole future
scientific work. Under the guidance of Prof. Görtler, he prepared and in
1960 defended the doctoral thesis under the title: "Uebertragung der Görtler'schen
Reihe auf die Berrechnung von Grenzschichten an Rotations-Körpern", thus
obtaining the degree of Doctor of Sciences. After having returned to the
country, he was elected an assistant professor, in 1965 he became an associate
professor, and in 1970 he was promoted to the rank of full professor.
Several times in his career Prof. Saljnikov was a guest professor at foreign universities, where he delivered lectures and took part in scientific and research program, most frequently guiding the work on M.Sc. and doctoral theses. Thus he spent the school year 1970/71 at the University in Algeria, the period from 1987 to 1989 at the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen, and a shorter time during 1989 at the Universities in Karlsruhe and Stuttgart. For many years he was the Head of the Chair of Fluid Mechanics in his home institution, in 1988 he was elected an honorary member of the Yugoslav Society of Mechanics, as a participant at the Inaugural Congress of this association in Bled in 1951, while in 1989 he was elected a corresponding member of the European Academy of Science and Arts. Since 1988 he has been in retirement.
Acad. Vladan Djordjević