Nick Newman (naval architect)

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Nick Newman
Born (1935-03-10) 10 March 1935 (age 85)
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Known forNewman's approximation, WAMIT
AwardsRoyal Institution of Naval Architects, Bronze Medal (1976)
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Davidson Medal (1988)
Georg Weinblum Memorial Lectureship (1988-1989)
Scientific career
FieldsMarine hydrodynamics
InstitutionsMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisorFritz Ursell
Doctoral studentsRobert F. Beck

John Nicholas "Nick" Newman (born 10 March 1935) is an American naval architect[1] noted for his contributions to marine hydrodynamics. Together with David Evans, he initiated the International Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies.[2][3] He is also known for his contribution in the development of the wave–structure interaction code WAMIT. He is currently emeritus professor of Naval Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Education and career[edit]

Newman's degrees (S.B. 1956, S.M. 1957, and Sc.D. 1960) are all from MIT, and were all taken in the field of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. From 1959 to 1967 he worked as a research naval architect at David Taylor Model Basin. In 1967 he moved back to MIT and held a long academic career there.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering,[4] and of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.[5] In 1992, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim awarded him an honorary doctorate.[6]

In 2008, a symposium was organized in his honor at the 27th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering.[7]


Newman is married to Kathleen Smedley Kirk. They have three children.


  • John Nicholas Newman (1977). Marine hydrodynamics. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-14026-8.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Newman, J. N. (1962). "The exciting forces on fixed bodies in waves". Journal of Ship Research. 6 (4): 10–17.
  • Newman, J. N. (1965). "The exciting forces on moving bodies in waves". Journal of Ship Research. 9 (3): 190–199.
  • Newman, J. N. (1974). "Second order, slowly varying forces on vessels in irregular waves". Proc. Intl. Symp. On Dynamics of Marine Vehicles and Offshore Structures in Waves.
  • Newman, J. N. (1985). "Algorithms for the free-surface Green function". Journal of Engineering Mathematics. 19 (1): 56–67. Bibcode:1985JEnMa..19...57N. doi:10.1007/BF00055041.
  • Newman, J. N. (1986). "Distributions of sources and normal dipoles over a quadrilateral panel". Journal of Engineering Mathematics. 20 (2): 113–126. Bibcode:1986JEnMa..20..113N. doi:10.1007/BF00042771.


  1. ^ Tuck, E.O. (2007). "A biography of J.N. Newman" (PDF). Journal of Engineering Mathematics. 58 (1): 1–5. Bibcode:2007JEnMa..58....1T. doi:10.1007/s10665-007-9136-8.
  2. ^ "About the IWWWFB". Retrieved 2008-09-19.
  3. ^ Grue, John, ed. (2005). Proceedings of the Twentieth International Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies (PDF). Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Norway.
  4. ^ "Members Directory – Dr. J. Nicholas Newman". National Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Gruppe 1: Matematiske fag" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
  6. ^ "Æresdoktorer" [Honorary doctors] (in Norwegian). Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Archived from the original on 10 September 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  7. ^ "Nick Newman Symposium on Marine Hydrodynamics". Archived from the original on 16 June 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2011.

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