Many congratulations to Professor Ann Dowling on her election to the
Royal Society. 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:
the interaction of sound with unsteady flow, and
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.