Marshall P. Tulin

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Marshall P. Tulin (born 14 March 1926) is an American engineer working in hydrodynamics. He is the retired Director, Ocean Engineering Laboratory, University of California, Santa Barbara. His pioneering work in the 1950s is credited with successful developments in the theory of supercavitation for naval engineering.

After graduating from MIT in 1946, he first worked on high-speed wind tunnel testing of the X-1 aircraft before moving to work for the Navy at the David Taylor Model Basin. He founded a consulting company, Hydronautics Inc, with Phillip Eisenberg in 1959.

He was elected to membership of the National Academy of Engineering in 1979.

Selected writing[edit]

  • Tulin, M. P. (1963). Supercavitating flows - small perturbation theory. Laurel, Md, Hydronautics Inc.
  • Tulin, M. P., & Hsu, C. C. (1982). Theory of high speed displacement ships with transom sterns. Laurel, Md, Hydronautics Inc.


  • Ashley, S. (2001, May). Warp Drive Underwater. Scientific American.
  • Brennan, C. E. (1995). Cavitation and bubble dynamics. Oxford engineering science series, 44. New York, Oxford University Press.
  • Miloh, T. (1991). Mathematical approaches in hydrodynamics. Philadelphia, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. – includes short biography
  • National Research Council (U.S.). (2000). An assessment of naval hydromechanics science and technology. Washington, D.C., National Academy Press.