Ann Dowling

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Dame Ann Dowling
Ann Dowling in Cambridge 2011.jpg
Ann Dowling in Cambridge, 2011
Born Ann Patricia Dowling
(1952-07-15) 15 July 1952 (age 63)[1]
Alma mater Girton College, Cambridge
Thesis Picoustic Sources in Motion (1978)
Known for Silent Aircraft Initiative
Notable awards
Spouse Thomas Paul Hynes[4]
from the BBC programme The Life Scientific, 28 August 2012.[5]

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Dame Ann Patricia Dowling DBE, FRS,[6] FREng[2] (born 15 July 1952) is a British mechanical engineer who researches combustion, acoustics and vibration, focusing on efficient, low-emission combustion and reduced road vehicle and aircraft noise. From 2009 to 2014 she was Head of the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge,[7] where she was the first female professor in 1998.[8][9][10][11][12][13] She is also the President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Academy's first female president.[14]


Dowling was educated at Ursuline Convent School, Westgate, Kent[4] and the University of Cambridge (as a member of Girton College), where after studying mathematics at undergraduate level, and following a summer job at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, she was awarded a PhD in 1978.[3] Dowling's PhD was in aero acoustics, specifically on the Concorde noise problem.[15]


Dowling's research career has been at University of Cambridge starting as a research fellow in 1977[1] but she has held visiting posts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Jerome C Hunsaker Visiting Professor, 1999) and at the California Institute of Technology (Moore Distinguished Scholar 2001).[1] Dowling is one of four main panel chairs for the Research Excellence Framework.[16]

On 3 February 2012, the oil company BP announced that Dowling was to become a non-executive director with immediate effect.[17]

Awards and honours[edit]

Dowling was elected a Fellow[2] of Royal Academy of Engineering[2] (FREng) and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2003. Her nomination reads:


In February 2013 Dowling was listed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.[18] and was the subject of an episode of The Life Scientific in 2012.[5]

Professor Dowling is Patron of the Women's Engineering Society (WES).

In January 2014 Professor Dowling was nominated for election as President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.[2] She took up the position in September 2014,[19][20][21] and in that role chaired a 2015 review (the 'Dowling Review') of business/university research collaboration,[22] published in July 2015.[23]

Professor Dame Ann Dowling has been a Non-Executive Board Member at BIS since February 2014.[24]


  1. ^ a b c Debrett's People of Today Prof Dame Ann Dowling
  2. ^ a b c d e "List of Fellows". 
  3. ^ a b Dowling, Ann Patricia (1978). Picoustic Sources in Motion (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ a b "DOWLING, Prof. Dame Ann Patricia, (Dame Ann Hynes)". Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
  5. ^ a b "Dame Ann Dowling". The Life Scientific. 28 August 2012. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "EC/2003/12: Dowling, Ann Patricia. Library and Archive Catalogue". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2014-02-11. 
  7. ^ Ann Dowling's University of Cambridge Department of Engineering bio
  8. ^ Women of Outstanding Achievement:Professor Dame Ann Dowling
  9. ^ Dowling, A. P. (1997). "Nonlinear self-excited oscillations of a ducted flame". Journal of Fluid Mechanics 346: 271. doi:10.1017/S0022112097006484. 
  10. ^ Dowling, A. P. (1999). "A kinematic model of a ducted flame". Journal of Fluid Mechanics 394: 51. doi:10.1017/S0022112099005686. 
  11. ^ Dowling, A. P.; Stow, S. R. (2003). "Acoustic Analysis of Gas Turbine Combustors". Journal of Propulsion and Power 19 (5): 751. doi:10.2514/2.6192. 
  12. ^ Dowling, Anne (1983). Sound and Sources of Sound. Ellis Horwood. ISBN 0853125279. 
  13. ^ Ann Dowling's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier.
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ "Interview with Professor Dame Ann Dowling". Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  16. ^ HEFCE announcement of panel chairs accessed 16 July 2010
  17. ^ BP Board Changes 3 Feb 2012
  18. ^ BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour Power list
  19. ^ Royal Academy of Engineering Council nominates its first female President
  20. ^ Royal Academy of Engineering selects first female president
  21. ^ "Royal Academy of Engineering celebrates its first female President". Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  22. ^ The Dowling Review of business university research collaborations launches call for evidence, Royal Academy of Engineering, 23 January 2014. Accessed: 2 September 2015.
  23. ^ Business-university research collaborations: Dowling review final report, BIS, 2 July 2015. Accessed: 2 September 2015.
  24. ^ "Non-executive board member Professor Dame Ann Dowling". Retrieved 4 March 2015. 

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