Herbert Huppert ScD FRS

Personal Data

Contact Addresses

Institute of Theoretical Geophysics
Department of Applied Mathematics
and Theoretical Physics
University of Cambridge
Centre for Mathematical Sciences
Wilberforce Road
Cambridge CB3 0WA
Tel: +44 1223 337853
Fax: +44 1223 765900

Home address:
46 De Freville Avenue
Cambridge CB4 1HT
Tel: +44 1223 356071

Secretary: Doris Allen
Tel: +44 1223 337094

Present Positions 2014

2011- Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Geophysics, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge
2012- Professor at the University of New South Wales, School of Mathematics and Statistics
2012- Professor at the University of Bristol, Faculty of Science
1970- Fellow, King's College
2002- Chairman of Royal Society Working Group on bioterrorism, which produced Report entitled Making the UK Safer with launch date 21 April 2004.
2011- Chairman of EASAC Working Group producing report for European Parliament on Carbon Capture and Storage.
2012-Royal Society Representative on the Court of Imperial College 2012.

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Special Events and Publications

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Curriculum vitae

Personal Data:

26 November 1943, born in Sydney, Australia
20 April 1966, married the then Felicia Ferster, now PhD (Cantab), Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge University.
2 children: Julian Leon, 21/7/78, Ph.D.; RCUK Lecturer in the Physics of Medicine at the Cavendish Laboratory; Teaching Fellow at Clare College and LibDem MP for Cambridge; and Rowan Joseph, 27/8/82, M. Eng. Cambridge; Consultant Hydraulic Engineer.

Author and co-author of approximately 240 papers discussing applied mathematics, crystal growth, fluid mechanics, geology, geophysics, oceanography, meteorology and science in general, with a total of over 13,460 citations and an h index of 64 (as verified by Google citations).


BSc (Hons, Sydney)MA (Cantab)
MS (California)MSc (Australian National)
PhD (California)ScD (Cantab)

Pre-doctoral Training:

1960-1963Undergraduate at Sydney University
1964Graduate student, Australian National University
1965-1968Graduate student, University of California, San Diego

Post-doctoral Experience:

1968-1969ICI Research Fellow at Cambridge University
1970-1981Assistant Director of Research in DAMTP, Cambridge
1971-1990Associate Editor, Journal of Fluid Mechanics
1981-1988University Lecturer in DAMTP
1983-1989BP Venture Unit Senior Research Fellow in DAMTP
1988-1989Reader in Geophysical Dynamics, Cambridge University
1989-2011Professor of Theoretical Geophysics, DAMTP, University of Cambridge
and Foundation Director of the Institute of Theoretical Geophysics, University of Cambridge
1991-1996Professor of Mathematics, University of New South Wales
1993-1998Member of NERC Council
1994-1999Member Editorial Board, Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. A
1997-2000 Member Editorial Board, Reports of Progress in Physics
2001-2003Member of Council of Royal Society

At various times visiting scientist at the Australian National University, University of California at San Diego, Canterbury University, Caltech, MIT, University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, Tata Institute at Mumbai, University of Western Australia, the Weizmann Institute and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


1964Sydney University medal and Baker Prize in Mathematics
1977Maurice Hill Research Fellow of the Royal Society
1982, 88, 91, 95Royal Society Anglo-Australasian Research Fellow
1987Elected a Fellow of The Royal Society
1995Evnin Lecturer, Princeton University
1996/7Midwest Mechanics Lecturer
1999 Henry Charnock Distinguished Lecturer, Southampton Oceanography Centre
1999Alan Taylor Lecturer, Oxford University
1999Smith Industries Lecturer, Oxford University
2002Elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
2004Elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society
2005US Academy of Science Arthur L. Day Price and Lectureship
2005Pollak Distinguished Lecturer of the Technion, Israel
2005William Hopkins Prize, Cambridge Philosophical Society
2006Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award
2007Murchison Medal, London Geological Society
2011Bakerian Lecture of the Royal Society
2011Elected a Fellow of the Academia Europaea
2013Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship

Royal Society Activities:

1988-1992Member, Sectional Committee 5 (Chairman 1991-1992)
1993-1998Chairman, Research Grant Board D
2001-2003Member of Council
2002-Chairman, Working Group on Detection and Decontamination of Chemical and Biological Weapons
2005-2008Member, Sectional Committee 5 (Chairman 2007-2008)

Experience with Government:

2004-Advised on matters of detection and decontamination of chemical and biological weapons in meeting with: CSA; CSA MOD; CSA DEFRA; Minister at the Home Office; Director of Security and Counter-Intelligence.
2005-Member of GDRS Project Board
2005-Member of CBRN subgroup of the Home Office
2006-Member of Home Office Mathematical Modelling Group

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Research Interests

General fluid mechanics, in particular as applied to the Earth Sciences. Current areas of active research include: phase changes between fluid and solids (solidification and melting); formation of ice in the Arctic and Antarctic; propagation of gravity currents; particle-driven flows; turbidites and pyroclastic flows; flow of granular material; volcanic eruption dynamics; slow viscous motions; flow in porous media; carbon-dioxide sequestration; extreme natural hazards.

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Grant Awards 1992-

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Current and Previous Students

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