Engineering Professor Elected to Royal Society

Paul Linden, Blasker Professor of Environmental Science at UC San Diego and chair of the Jacobs School of Engineering's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

San Diego, CA, May 24, 2007 -- Paul Linden, a professor in UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering, has been elected as a fellow to the United Kingdom's National Academy of Science in recognition of his worldwide influence on the scientific field of experimental fluid dynamics. Linden, the Blasker Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering and chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is one of 44 scientists recognized this year by the Royal Society for exceptional contributions to society in the fields of science, engineering and medicine.

"These new fellows are at the cutting edge of science in the UK and beyond,” said Martin Rees, president of the Royal Society. “Their achievements represent the enormous contribution science makes to society."

Linden is world-renowned for his laboratory experiments and theoretical analyses of fluid flows relevant to oceanography, meteorology, and environmental and industrial problems. He has played a crucial role in stimulating the development of innovative imaging and measuring techniques which have had an important influence on experimental fluid dynamics worldwide.

The Royal Society is the world's oldest scientific academy in continuous existence since its founding in 1660. The Society's approximately 1,400 fellows and foreign members include more than 60 Nobel laureates, and its fellows have included scientific pioneers such as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Ernest Rutherford, Albert Einstein, Dorothy Hodgkin, Francis Crick, James Watson, and Stephen Hawking. Scientists joining Linden in this year's group of new fellows include: Richard Leakey, an anthropologist and wildlife conservationist; Terence Chi-Shen Tao, a 31-year-old mathematics professor at UCLA; and Rosemary Grant, an evolutionary biologist at Princeton University.

The new fellows will be invited to present their work at the Society's annual New Fellows Seminar in July 2007.

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Rex Graham
Jacobs School of Engineering

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