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Gary Leal received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University in 1969, and was a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Caltech from 1970-1989, including appointment as the Chevron Distinguished Professor in 1986. In 1989, he moved to UCSB, where he is currently serving as Chair of Chemical Engineering as well as Professor in the Departments of Chemical Engineering, Materials and Mechanical Engineering. He is also currently the Editor of Physics of Fluids. He has had a long-standing interest in the behavior of complex fluids under flow, and, specifically the inter-relationship between flow, the microstructural state of the material, and its macroscopic properties. Current interests include the dynamics of entangled linear and branched polymeric liquids in strong flows; the flow behavior of liquid crystalline polymers and nematic suspensions; and the microscale dynamics of polymer blends, including reactive blending (coalescence and breakup phenomena) and blend rheology. Honors include election to the National Academy of Engineering (1987), The Bingham Medal of the Society of Rheology (2000), the Allan P. Colburn (1978) and William H. Walker (1993) Awards of the AIChE, and Fellow of the APS (1984).