Howell Peregrine

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D. Howell Peregrine
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Born 30 December 1938
Died 20 March 2007
Fields Fluid mechanics
Coastal engineering
Institutions University of Bristol
Alma mater Oxford University
Cambridge University
Doctoral advisor T. Brooke Benjamin FRS

Howell Peregrine (30 December 1938 – 20 March 2007) was a British applied mathematician noted for his contributions to fluid mechanics, especially of free surface flows such as water waves, and coastal engineering.[1][2][3]

Education and career[edit]

Howell Peregrine joined the Mathematics Department of University of Bristol in 1964 following his undergraduate and postgraduate training at Oxford and Cambridge.[4] He spent his entire career at Bristol. One of his most remarkable contributions was the theoretical prediction of a new nonlinear entity, now called the Peregrine soliton,[5] that may explain the formation of hydrodynamics rogue waves and that has also been experimentally demonstrated more than 25 years later in the field of nonlinear fiber optics [6][7] and then in 2011 in hydrodynamics with experiments in a water wave tank.[8]

He was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics for more than 25 years.

Howell Peregrine died suddenly after a short battle against cancer. He was then a Professor Emeritus of Applied Mathematics at the University of Bristol.


Peregrine was known to be a good photographer of natural phenomena. Some of the photographs which he took himself appeared in his papers.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Moffatt, H. K. (2007). "Professor D. Howell Peregrine". Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 580: 1–2. Bibcode:2007JFM...580....1M. doi:10.1017/S0022112007999991. 
  2. ^ a b Cooker, M. (2010). "A commemoration of Howell Peregrine, 30 December 1938–20 March 2007". Journal of Engineering Mathematics. 67 (1): 1–9. Bibcode:2010JEnMa..67....1C. doi:10.1007/s10665-009-9331-x. 
  3. ^ Franco, L.; Tomasicchio, G. R.; Lamberti, Alberto, eds. (2007). "In memoriam of Howell Peregrine". Coastal Structures 2007. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference (pdf). World Scientific. pp. vii–viii. 
  4. ^ "Professor D H Peregrine". Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  5. ^ Peregrine, D. H. (1983). "Water waves, nonlinear Schrödinger equations and their solutions". J. Austral. Math. Soc. B. 25: 16–43. doi:10.1017/S0334270000003891. 
  6. ^ Kibler, B.; Fatome, J.; Finot, C.; Millot, G.; Dias, F.; Genty, G.; Akhmediev, N.; Dudley, J.M. (2010). "The Peregrine soliton in nonlinear fibre optics". Nature Physics. 6 (10): 790–795. Bibcode:2010NatPh...6..790K. doi:10.1038/nphys1740. 
  7. ^ "Peregrine's 'Soliton' observed at last". Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  8. ^ Chabchoub, A.; Hoffmann, N.P.; Akhmediev, N. (2011). "Rogue wave observation in a water wave tank". Phys. Rev. Lett. 106 (20). Bibcode:2011PhRvL.106t4502C. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.204502. 

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