David G. Crighton
University of Cambridge


"For creative research of aerodynamically generated sound, nonlinear acoustics, flow-structure interaction and hydrodynamic instability, and for indelible contributions as a teacher and for service to the international fluid dynamics community."


Dr. Crighton received his BA in Mathematics from St. John's College, University of Cambridge in 1964 and his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Imperial College in London in 1969. He was a Research Assistant at Woolwich Polytechnic (now University of Greenwich) from 1965 to 1967, a Research Assistant at Imperial College London from 1967 - 1974 and a Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Leeds from 1974 - 1985. In 1986 he joined the faculty at the University of Cambridge where he currently heads the department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.

Dr. Crighton's work is in wave theory. He has conducted research in aeroacoustics, hydroacoustics, nonlinear acoustics, and structural acoustics. He also has done work in unsteady aerodynamics and in vibration and in hydrodynamic stability theory.

Dr. Crighton is the Founding President of the European Mechanics Society (1992-1998) President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Application (1996 - 1997) and is the Chair of the Euromech Council. His awards include Fellow of Royal Socity (1993); AIAA Aerocoustics Medal (1986); Rayleigh Medal, Institute of Acoustics (1988); Per Bruel Gold Medal of ASME 1993, Gauss Medal, BWG Germany (1995); Corresponding Foreign Member BWG Germany (1996); Corresponding Foreign Member Academy of Sciences of Bologna (1997); Honorary Fellowship, International Institute of Acoustics & Vibration (1997).