Ann Dowling

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Dame Ann Dowling
Ann Dowling in Cambridge 2011.jpg
Dowling in 2011
Born Ann Patricia Dowling
(1952-07-15) 15 July 1952 (age 64)[1]
Alma mater Girton College, Cambridge
Thesis Picoustic Sources in Motion (1978)
Known for Silent Aircraft Initiative
Notable awards
Spouse Thomas Paul Hynes[2]

Dame Ann Patricia Dowling OM DBE FRS FREng (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,[4] where she was the first female professor in 1993.[5][6][7][8][9][10] She is also the President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Academy's first female president.[11]


Dowling was educated at Ursuline Convent School, Westgate, Kent[2] 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.[12] Dowling's PhD was in aeroacoustics, specifically on the Concorde noise problem.[13]


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.[14]

On 3 February 2012, the oil company BP announced that Dowling was to become a non-executive director with immediate effect.[15] She has been a non-executive board member at BIS since February 2014.[16]

Awards and honours[edit]

Dowling was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in 1996 and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2003. Her FRS 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.[19]

Dowling is a Patron of the Women's Engineering Society (WES).[20]

In January 2014 Dowling was nominated for election as President of the Royal Academy of Engineering. She took up the position in September 2014,[21][22][23] and in that role chaired a 2015 review (the 'Dowling Review') of business–university research collaboration,[24] published in July 2015.[25]

She was awarded the CBE in 2002 and the DBE in 2007. In 2016 she was appointed to the Order of Merit.[26]


  1. ^ a b c Debrett's People of Today Prof Dame Ann Dowling
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ "Dame Ann Dowling". The Life Scientific. 28 August 2012. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Ann Dowling's University of Cambridge Department of Engineering bio
  5. ^ Women of Outstanding Achievement:Professor Dame Ann Dowling
  6. ^ Dowling, A. P. (1997). "Nonlinear self-excited oscillations of a ducted flame". Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 346: 271. doi:10.1017/S0022112097006484. 
  7. ^ Dowling, A. P. (1999). "A kinematic model of a ducted flame". Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 394: 51. doi:10.1017/S0022112099005686. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Dowling, Anne (1983). Sound and Sources of Sound. Ellis Horwood. ISBN 0853125279. 
  10. ^ Ann Dowling's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier. (subscription required)
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ Dowling, Ann Patricia (1978). Picoustic Sources in Motion (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. 
  13. ^ "Interview with Professor Dame Ann Dowling". Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  14. ^ HEFCE announcement of panel chairs accessed 16 July 2010
  15. ^ BP Board Changes 3 February 2012
  16. ^ "Non-executive board member Professor Dame Ann Dowling". Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "EC/2003/12: Dowling, Ann Patricia. Library and Archive Catalogue". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 11 February 2014. 
  18. ^ BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour Power list
  19. ^ "BBC Radio 4 – The Life Scientific". Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  20. ^ "Patrons: Women's Engineering Society". Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  21. ^ Royal Academy of Engineering Council nominates its first female President
  22. ^ Royal Academy of Engineering selects first female president
  23. ^ "Royal Academy of Engineering celebrates its first female President". Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  24. ^ The Dowling Review of business university research collaborations launches call for evidence, Royal Academy of Engineering, 23 January 2014. Accessed: 2 September 2015.
  25. ^ Business-university research collaborations: Dowling review final report, BIS, 2 July 2015. Accessed: 2 September 2015.
  26. ^ University of Cambridge: Cambridge academics honoured over the New Year (accessed 19 January 2016)

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Preceded by
Sir John Parker
President of the Royal Academy of Engineering
September 2014–
Succeeded by