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Philip John Holmes (born 1945) is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. As a member of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department, he formerly served as the interim chair until May 2007.
Before moving to Princeton in 1994 he taught theoretical and applied mechanics at Cornell University from 1977 until 1994, when he was the Charles N. Mellowes Professor of Engineering and Professor of Mathematics.
Holmes was educated in England at Oxford University where he studied engineering from 1964 to 1967, and at Southampton University, where he obtained a Ph. D. in Engineering in 1974. He has made solid contributions to the field of nonlinear dynamics and differential equations. His book on dynamical systems with John Guckenheimer is a landmark in the field.
He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994. In 2001 he was elected an Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and in 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.
He also has published several collections of poetry.
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