Howell Peregrine

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D. Howell Peregrine
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Born30 December 1938
Died20 March 2007 (2007-03-21) (aged 68)
Alma materOxford University
Cambridge University
Scientific career
FieldsFluid mechanics
Coastal engineering
InstitutionsUniversity of Bristol
Doctoral advisorT. Brooke Benjamin FRS

Howell Peregrine (30 December 1938 – 20 March 2007) was a British applied mathematician noted for his contributions to fluid mechanics, especially of free surface flows such as water waves, and coastal engineering.[1][2][3]

Education and career[edit]

Howell Peregrine joined the Mathematics Department of University of Bristol in 1964 following his undergraduate and postgraduate training at Oxford and Cambridge.[4] He spent his entire career at Bristol. One of his most remarkable contributions was the theoretical prediction of a new nonlinear entity, now called the Peregrine soliton,[5] that may explain the formation of hydrodynamics rogue waves and that has also been experimentally demonstrated more than 25 years later in the field of nonlinear fiber optics [6][7] and then in 2011 in hydrodynamics with experiments in a water wave tank.[8]

He was an associate editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics for more than 25 years.

Howell Peregrine died suddenly after a short battle against cancer. He was at the time a professor emeritus of applied mathematics at the University of Bristol.


Peregrine was known to be a good photographer of natural phenomena. Some of the photographs which he took himself appeared in his papers.[2]

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  1. ^ Moffatt, H. K. (2007). "Professor D. Howell Peregrine". Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 580: 1–2. Bibcode:2007JFM...580....1M. doi:10.1017/S0022112007999991.
  2. ^ a b Cooker, M. (2010). "A commemoration of Howell Peregrine, 30 December 1938–20 March 2007". Journal of Engineering Mathematics. 67 (1): 1–9. Bibcode:2010JEnMa..67....1C. doi:10.1007/s10665-009-9331-x.
  3. ^ Franco, L.; Tomasicchio, G. R.; Lamberti, Alberto, eds. (2007). "In memoriam of Howell Peregrine". Coastal Structures 2007. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference. World Scientific. pp. vii–viii. doi:10.1142/9789814282024_fmatter. ISBN 978-981-4280-99-0.
  4. ^ "Professor D H Peregrine". Retrieved 2008-09-20.
  5. ^ Peregrine, D. H. (1983). "Water waves, nonlinear Schrödinger equations and their solutions". J. Austral. Math. Soc. B. 25: 16–43. doi:10.1017/S0334270000003891.
  6. ^ Kibler, B.; Fatome, J.; Finot, C.; Millot, G.; Dias, F.; Genty, G.; Akhmediev, N.; Dudley, J.M. (2010). "The Peregrine soliton in nonlinear fibre optics". Nature Physics. 6 (10): 790–795. Bibcode:2010NatPh...6..790K. doi:10.1038/nphys1740.
  7. ^ "Peregrine's 'Soliton' observed at last". Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  8. ^ Chabchoub, A.; Hoffmann, N.P.; Akhmediev, N. (2011). "Rogue wave observation in a water wave tank". Phys. Rev. Lett. 106 (20): 204502. Bibcode:2011PhRvL.106t4502C. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.204502. hdl:1885/70717. PMID 21668234.

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