Tim Pedley

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Tim Pedley
Born (1942-03-23) 23 March 1942 (age 82)[1]
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
AwardsMayhew Prize (1963)
Adams Prize (1977)[1]
IMA Gold Medal (2008)
Scientific career
InstitutionsJohns Hopkins University
Imperial College London
University of Cambridge
University of Leeds
Thesis Plumes, Bubbles and Vortices  (1966)
Doctoral advisorGeorge Batchelor[2]
Doctoral studentsSarah L. Waters

Timothy John Pedley FRS (born 23 March 1942) is a British mathematician and a former G. I. Taylor Professor of Fluid Mechanics at the University of Cambridge.[1] His principal research interest is the application of fluid mechanics to biology and medicine.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Pedley is the son of Richard Rodman Pedley and Jeanie Mary Mudie Pedley. He was educated at Rugby School and Trinity College, Cambridge.

Academic career[edit]

Pedley spent three years at Johns Hopkins University as a post-doctoral fellow.[1] From 1968 to 1973 he was a lecturer at Imperial College London, after which he moved to the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge.

Pedley remained at Cambridge until 1990 when he was appointed Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Leeds. In 1996 he returned to Cambridge and from 2000 to 2005 he was head of DAMTP.[4]


Pedley has pioneered the application of fluid mechanics to understanding biological phenomena. His best-known work includes the study of blood flow in arteries, flow–structure interactions in elastic tubes, flow and pressure drop in the lung, and the collective behaviour of swimming microorganisms.

His research has touched on issues of medical importance, including arterial bypass grafts, urine flow from kidneys to bladder, and the ventilation of premature infants. His work on microorganisms has application to plankton ecology.[5]


Pedley is a fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge[6] and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1995.[7] Pedley was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (1999) for research on biofluid dynamics, collapsible tube flow, and the theory of swimming of fish and microorganisms. In 2008 Pedley and Professor James Murray FRS were jointly awarded the Gold Medal of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications in recognition of their "outstanding contributions to mathematics and its applications over a period of years".[8]

He was the 2024 recipient of the Fluid Mechanics Prize of the European Mechanics Society, "for his seminal and outstanding contributions to fluid mechanics applied to biology and medicine, and for his distinguished service and leadership for the European and international fluid mechanics community".[3]

Marriage and children[edit]

In 1965 Pedley married Avril Jennifer Martin Uden, with whom he has two sons. He enjoys birdwatching, running and reading.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Sleeman, Elizabeth (2003). The International Who's Who 2004. Routledge. ISBN 1-85743-217-7.
  2. ^ Tim Pedley at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ a b "Fluid Mechanics Prizes". European Mechanics Society. Retrieved 13 April 2024.
  4. ^ "Professor T.J. Pedley". University of Cambridge Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  5. ^ "Timothy Pedley". London: Royal Society. One or more of the preceding sentences may incorporate text from the royalsociety.org website where "all text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License." "Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 20 February 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "Fellows of Gonville and Caius College". Cambridge University Reporter. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  7. ^ "List of Fellows of the Royal Society 1660 – 2007" (PDF). Royal Society. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  8. ^ "IMA Gold Medal". Retrieved 16 May 2018. Institute of Mathematics and its Applications