TJP @ 70

Tim Pedley, or TJP to many of us, is multi-faceted.

Mathematics and Science

TJP has made pioneering contributions to our theoretical understanding of airflow in lung airways and of flows in blood vessels, notably encompassing flow-structure interaction.  In addition to the study of internal physiological flows, he has championed theoretical modelling of biological locomotion in fluid environments, and made fundamental contributions to the theory of swimming micro-organisms.   In all these areas, mathematical modelling has played an essential role alongside experiment and computation in obtaining detailed understanding of physical and biological processes.


In addition to his scientific output, TJP has provided leadership to applied mathematics, both in the UK and in the wider world. He has served as Editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Head of Department at the Universities of Leeds (1991-1994) and Cambridge (2000-2005), IMA President (2004-5), Chair of the World Council of Biomechanics (2002-2006) and Chair of the Applied Mathematics RAE sub-panel (2005-2008).  He is presently a member of EPSRC Council and President of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.   His influence has had national and international reach. 


His scientific and other contributions have been widely recognised. Inter alia, in 1995 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society, in 1999 Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering  and in 2007 Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Sciences.


However, TJP is not just a distinguished mathematician, scientist and leader (who enjoys birdwatching, running and reading). Perhaps surprisingly for a mathematician, he is also a fully paid-up member of the human race (although the birdwatching may sow seeds of doubt). As many will testify he takes a personal interest in his students, collaborators and colleagues, many of whom have become trusted friends.

TJP Fest

As well as an excellent opportunity for mathematicians and scientists, particularly those at the start of their careers, to learn about cutting edge developments across biological fluid mechanics, the meeting will provide an opportunity for his students, collaborators, colleagues and friends to celebrate the above contributions and more.