Harvey Greenspan joined the MIT faculty of Applied Mathematics in 1960, and retired in 2002. He received the B.S. from CCNY in 1953, and the M.S. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, 1954 & 1956. He joined the Harvard Faculty in Applied Mathematics in 1957 before coming to MIT.
Greenspan is a physical applied mathematician, experimentalist and theoretician in fluid dynamics, studying problems in wave motion, magnetohydrodynamics, rotating fluids, bio-fluid dynamics, mixtures and multiphase flows. In 1968 he published The Theory of Rotating Fluids as part of the Cambridge Monographs on Mechanics and Applied Mathematics. In 1973 he co-authored Calculus, an Introduction to Applied Mathematics with colleague David Benney. He served as Chair of Applied Mathematics Committee from 1965-75 and 1983-85. Professor Greenspan was made a Member of the American Academy of Sciences in 1966. He was appointed Visiting Professor and Fairchild Scholar at Caltech in 1987. In 1991, he received the Honorary Doctorate from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.