He received a Bachelor"s degree from Syracuse University in 1950, a Master"s degree from the University of Minnesota in 1951, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Minnesota in 1954. All in chemical engineering.
He is also the Director of the Benjamin Levich Institute for Physicochemical Hydrodynamics. Born in Athens, Greece, Acrivos moved to the United States to pursue an engineering education. Acrivos is considered to be one of the great fluid dynamicists of the 20th century.
In 1954 Acrivos joined the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.
In 1962, he moved to Stanford University where he helped Professor David Mason build one of the world"s finest chemical engineering programs. In 1987 Acrivos joined as the Albert Einstein Professor of Science and Engineering at The City College of the City University of New York, a chair vacated by the death of renowned fluid dynamicist Veniamin Levich.
Fellow American Institute of Chemical Engineers (awards 1963, 68, 84), American Physical Society (Fluid Dynamics prize 1991). Member National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Chemical Society, Society Rheology.
Married Juana Vivo, September 1, 1956.