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Published as AuthorPublished as Subject

John L. Lumley



November 4, 1930 – May 30, 2015

Authorized Form of Name

Lumley, John L. (John Leask), 1930-

Additional Forms of Names

Lumley, J. L. (John Leask), 1930-

Lumley, John Leask, 1930-

Lumley, John Leask, 1930-2015



John L. Lumley was Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Cornell University (1977-2015). Other institutional affiliations included Pennsylvania State University and Johns Hopkins University. His research interests included turbulence and fluid dynamics.

Important Dates

November 4, 1930Birth, Detroit (Mich.).

1952Obtained AB, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1954Obtained MSE, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (Md.).

1956 – 1959Instructor, McCoy College.

1957Obtained PhD in Aeronautical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (Md.).

1957 – 1959Research Associate in Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University.

1959 – 1977Assistant Professor to Associate Professor (1959-1961); Associate Professor to Professor of Aerospace Engineering (1961-1974); and Evan Pugh Professor of Aerospace Engineering (1974-1977), Pennsylvania State University, State College (Pa.).

1966 – 1967Exchange Professor, University Aix-Marseille (Aix-Marseille Université).

1973 – 1974Guggenheim Fellow, University of Aix-Marseille II.

1973 – 1974Visiting Professor, University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Universite catholique de Louvain).

1977 – 2015Willis H. Carrier Professor of Engineering (1977-2005) and Professor Emeritus of Engineering (2005-2015), Cornell University, Ithaca (N.Y.).

1990Awarded Fluid Dynamics Prize, American Physical Society.

May 30, 2015Death, Ithaca (N.Y.).


Aeronautical engineer.



Detroit (Mich.)

Undergraduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Graduate Education

Baltimore (Md.)


State College (Pa.)

Ithaca (N.Y.)


Ithaca (N.Y.)



Aerospace engineering.

Fluid dynamics.

Mechanical engineering.





Lumley, Jane French

Wife. Married 1953.

Lumley, Jennifer French


Lumley, John Christopher


Lumley-Sapanski, Katherine Leask


Advisors & Collaborators

Corrsin, Stanley, 1920-

PhD advisor at Johns Hopkins University, "Some Problems Connected with the Motion of Small Particles in Turbulent Fluid."


Balluffi, R. W.

Both employed at Cornell University.

Corson, Dale R.

Both employed at Cornell University.

Everhart, Thomas E.

Both employed at Cornell University.

Pope, S. B.

Both employed at Cornell University.

Sudan, R. N.

Both employed at Cornell University.


Major Positions

Aix-Marseille Université

Exchange Professor.

Cornell University. College of Engineering

Willis H. Carrier Professor of Engineering and Professor Emeritus of Engineering.

Johns Hopkins University. School of Engineering

Obtained MSE (1954) and PhD in Aeronautical Engineering (1957). Instructor in McCoy College; and Research Associate in Mechanical Engineering.

Pennsylvania State University. Department of Aerospace Engineering

Assistant Professor to Associate Professor; Associate Professor to Professor of Aerospace Engineering; and Evan Pugh Professor of Aerospace Engineering.

Université catholique de Louvain

Visiting Professor.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Aix-Marseille II (University)

Guggenheim Fellow.

American Physical Society

Received 1990 Fluid Dynamics Prize.

Harvard University. Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Obtained AB (1952).


Published Resources


Research trends in fluid dynamics: report from the United States National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics / editors, J.L. Lumley ... [et al.].

The structure of atmospheric turbulence [by] John L. Lumley [and] Hans A. Panofsky.

Turbulence, coherent structures, dynamical systems, and symmetry/ Philip Holmes, John L. Lumley, and Gal Berkooz.


John Leask Lumley Physics Today obituary.

John Lumley Cornell Chronicle obituary.