John L. Lumley

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John Leask Lumley
Born(1930-11-04)November 4, 1930
DiedMay 30, 2015(2015-05-30) (aged 84)
NationalityFlag of the United States.svg American
Alma materJohns Hopkins University
Known forFluid turbulence
AwardsFluid Dynamics Prize (1990)
Scientific career
FieldsFluid dynamics
InstitutionsPennsylvania State University
Cornell University
Doctoral advisorStanley Corrsin
Doctoral studentsWilliam K. George

John Leask Lumley (4 November 1930 in Detroit, Michigan – 30 May 2015 in Ithaca, New York) was an American professor of mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering at Cornell University.[1][2] He is widely known for his research in turbulence and is the coauthor of A First Course in Turbulence along with Hendrik Tennekes. He died in May 2015 of brain cancer.[1]

Academic career[edit]

Lumley received his M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees from The Johns Hopkins University in 1954 and 1957 respectively. His Ph.D. thesis supervisor was Stanley Corrsin. He started his academic career at the Pennsylvania State University where he became Evan Pugh Professor of Aerospace Engineering. He was also in charge of research on turbulence and transition at the Applied Research Laboratory. In 1977 Lumley joined Cornell University where he was the Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering until his death in May 2015.

Honors and awards[edit]

Lumley received the 1990 Fluid Dynamics Prize of American Physical Society, "For his outstanding contributions to the understanding of turbulent flow, in particular, the fundamental structure of turbulent shear flows, the effects of drag-reducing additives, and his widely recognized contributions to the statistical theory of turbulence, and for his personal and intellectual leadership in the international fluid dynamics community, including his educational films and books, and his long active devotion to the Division of Fluid Dynamics of The American Physical Society."[3] He has also received several other awards, including:

Books authored[edit]

  • Tennekes, H. and J. L. Lumley, A First Course in Turbulence, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA (1972).
  • Holmes, P., J. L. Lumley, and G. Berkooz, Turbulence, Coherent Structures, Dynamical Systems and Symmetry, Cambridge University Press (1998). ISBN 978-0-521-63419-9
  • Lumley, J. L., Engines: An Introduction, Cambridge University Press, (1999).
  • Lumley, J. L., Still Life with Cars: An Automotive Memoir, McFarland, (2005).
  • Lumley, J. L., Stochastic Tools in Turbulence, Dover Publications (2007). ISBN 978-0-486-46270-7
  • Monin, A. S., A. M. Yaglom, and J. L. Lumley, Statistical Fluid Mechanics - vol 1: Mechanics of Turbulence, The MIT Press (1971). ISBN 978-0-262-13062-2
  • Lumley, J. L., H. A. Panofsky, "The Structure of Atmospheric Turbulence", John Wiley & Sons, Inc, New York, NY (1964).


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