Herbert Huppert

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Herbert Huppert

Born (1943-11-26) 26 November 1943 (age 79)[1]
Sydney, Australia
Alma materSydney University
University of California, San Diego
Felicia Adina Ferster
(m. 1966; div. 2016)
Children2, including Julian Huppert
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
King’s College, Cambridge
University of New South Wales
ThesisThe Excitation of Lee Waves in Stratified Flow by Semi-elliptical Obstacles (1968)
Doctoral advisorJohn W. Miles[2]
Doctoral studentsAndy Woods,[2] John Lister, Grae Worster, Shaun Fitzgerald

Herbert Eric Huppert FRS FRSN (born 26 November 1943[1]) is an Australian-born geophysicist living in Britain. He has been Professor of Theoretical Geophysics and Foundation Director, Institute of Theoretical Geophysics, at the University of Cambridge, since 1989 and Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, since 1970.[3]

Education and early life[edit]

Huppert was born in Sydney and he received his early education at Sydney Boys High School (1956–59).[1][4] He graduated in applied mathematics from Sydney University with first class Honours, a University medal and the Barker Travelling Fellowship in 1964. He then completed a PhD supervised by John W. Miles at the University of California, San Diego,[2][5] and came as an ICI Post-doctoral Fellow to DAMTP in Cambridge in 1968.[citation needed]

Career and research[edit]

He has published using fluid-mechanical principles in applications to the Earth sciences: in meteorology, oceanography and geology. He was a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics (1970–1992), the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (series A) (1994–99), The Proceedings of the Royal Society (series A) (2015-2020) and Geomechanics and Geophysics for Geo-energy and Georesources (2014 — ) and has been on the Council of the Royal Society (2001–03). He was Chairman of a Royal Society Working Group on bioterrorism, which produced a Report entitled 'Making the UK Safer', on 21 April 2004. He was also chair of the European Academies Science Advisory Committee (EASAC) Working Group which produced a report of the European Parliament and President on carbon capture and storage. He was awarded the 2011 Bakerian lecture for his research into geological fluid dynamics. Since 1990 he has held a part-time Professorship at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Awards and honours[edit]

Huppert was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1987.[6] In 2005 he was the only non-American recipient of a prize from the United States National Academy of Sciences, being awarded the Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship for contributions to the Earth sciences.[citation needed] He has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union,[when?] the American Physical Society[when?] and the Academia Europaea.[when?]. In 2020 he was awarded a Royal Medal and named Scientist of the Year in Earth Science.

Personal life[edit]

In 1966, Huppert married Felicia (née Ferster);[1] she is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and a past fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge.[7] They divorced in 2016.[8] His sons, Julian and Rowan, studied at the University of Cambridge. Julian Huppert was the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Cambridge from 2010 to 2015 and is now the Foundation Director of the Intellectual Forum of Jesus College, Cambridge.


  1. ^ a b c d "HUPPERT, Prof. Herbert Eric". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. Vol. 2016 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c Herbert Eric Huppert at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ "Herbert Huppert ScD FRS". Cambridge: University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 March 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Huppert, Herbert Eric (1968). Excitation of lee waves in a stratified flow by semi-elliptical obstacles (PhD thesis). University of California, San Diego. OCLC 707177465. ProQuest 302333519.
  6. ^ Anon (1987). "Professor Herbert Huppert FRS". London: royalsociety.org. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015.
  7. ^ Felicia Huppert's ORCID 0000-0003-2696-2286
  8. ^ "Huppert, Prof. Herbert Eric, (born 26 Nov. 1943), Professor of Theoretical Geophysics and Foundation Director, Institute of Theoretical Geophysics, Cambridge University, 1989–2011, now Professor Emeritus; Leverhulme Emeritus Research Fellow, 2013–15; Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, since 1970; Dean of Science Professor, University of Bristol, since 2012; Professor, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New South Wales, since 2012 (Visiting Professor, 1991–96)". Who's Who 2022. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2021. Retrieved 25 August 2022.


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