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Paul F. F. Linden

Prof Emeritus, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Experimental and theoretical study of dynamic flows, and environmental engineering.

Professor Linden's research has applications in geophysical, environmental and industrial engineering. The flows encountered in natural and industrial contexts are usually turbulent and have variations in density which produce strong buoyancy forces. Linden's research focuses on the physical processes involved to obtain a greater understanding of the underlying principles governing these flows. He has applied his work in fluid dynamics to environmental engineering to create more "energy efficient" buildings.

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Paul Linden is the G. I. Taylor Professor of Fluid Mechanics in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. He is also the inaugural Blasker Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science and Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace at the University of California, San Diego. He received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 1972 and served as the Director of the Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge from 1976-1998 before moving to UCSD. His research interests span environmental flows in the oceans and atmosphere, and over the past 20 years he has worked on the design of natural and low-energy ventilation systems for sustainable buildings in the UK, Europe and the US. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Meteorological Society and the American Physical Society, and a Deputy Editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.


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