Professor Peter Davies

Research Professor

Civil Engineering, School of Science and Engineering

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Peter Davies studied at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, graduating with First Class Honours in Physics and Mathematics (1966), DipEd (1967) and PhD (1971). He was awarded a 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Royal Society of London (tenable 1971-73 at the University of Stockholm, Sweden) and then spent 7 years as an RA at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1980 he moved to a Lectureship at Dundee and was awarded a Personal Chair in Fluid Dynamics in 1995, the same year that he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was elected a Foreign Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science & Letters in 2009 and was awarded the Lord Kelvin Medal of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013. Since 2008 he has served as Director of The National Telford Institute. His main research areas lie in environmental, geophysical and physical fluid dynamics.

Professional Biography

  • BSc (Hons) Physics and Mathematics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1966
  • DipEd, 1967
  • PhD, 1971


  • Buoyancy-driven flows
  • Rotating flows
  • Turbulent mixing in stratified flows
  • Wastewater disposal in estuarine and coastal waters
  • Internal waves
  • Turbulent jets and plumes