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Election to The Royal Society

Election to The Royal Society

Many congratulations to Professor Ann Dowling on her election to the Royal Society.

Professor Ann Dowling

The Royal Society is the world's oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, and has been at the forefront of enquiry and discovery since its foundation in 1660. The backbone of the Society is its Fellowship of the most eminent scientists of the day, elected by peer review for life and entitled to use FRS after their name.

This election is in recognition of Ann as a leading authority on developments that are enabling the control of unstable combustion systems in both aeronautics and power generation. She was the first to understand the mechanics of the jet engine instability known as reheat buzz. The two underlying themes of Ann's work are:

  1. the interaction of sound with unsteady flow, and
  2. the control of aeroacoustic instabilities.

Her publications range from problem-defining fundamental papers to descriptions of the technology behind successful practical applications. Her research and academic leadership are admired internationally.