Bachelor of Science, University Pennsylvania, 1940. Master of Science, California Institute of Technology, 1942. Doctor of Philosophy in aeronautics, California Institute of Technology, 1947.
Docteur honoris causa, Universite Claude Bernard, France, 1974.
He was known for his contributions in the field of fluid dynamics in general and turbulence in particular. Corrsin died of cancer on 2 June 1986 at the age of 66. He received his B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1940.
He entered the California Institute of Technology for his graduate studies and worked in the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory under Theodore von Kármán. His thesis work was on the flow of a turbulent jet and he was the first advisee of Liepmann. Corrsin joined the Department of Aeronautics at Johns Hopkins University in 1947 as an Assistant Professor.
He became an Associate Professor in 1951 and then was named Professor of mechanical Engineering in 1955. He served as department chair of Mechanical Engineering from 1955 to 1960. He was at various times affiliated with the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Mechanics and Materials Science.
In 1979, he helped found the Department of Chemical Engineering. In 1981, he became the first Theophilus Halley Smoot Professor of Engineering at Johns Hopkins.
Fellow American Physical Society (chairman division fluid dynamics 1964, Fluid Dynamics prize 1983), American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, National Academy Engineering. Member American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Association of University Professors (president Johns Hopkins chapter 1964-1965), American Association for the Advancement of Science, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma.
Married Barbara Daggett, September 25, 1945. Children— Nancy Eliot, Stephen David.