Professor T.J. Pedley


  • 2000-05:  Head of Department, DAMTP
  • 1996-present:    G.I.Taylor Professor of Fluid Mechanics, DAMTP, Cambridge University
  • 1990-96:  Professor of Applied Mathematics, Leeds University
  • 1973-89:  Lecturer, then Reader (1989), Dept of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), Cambridge University
  • 1973-89 and 1996-present: Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge
  • 1968-73:  Lecturer, Physiological Flow Studies Unit and Dept of Mathematics, Imperial College, London
  • 1966-68:  Post-doctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University


Tim Pedley has been interested in Biological Fluid Dynamics since 1968; He has approx 150 publications, at first all in internal, physiological fluid mechanics; recently mostly in external fluid mechanics, the interaction of living organisms with their fluid environment, e.g. fish swimming and, especially, collective behaviour of swimming micro-organisms.

Selected Publications

  • Luo, X.Y.  &  Pedley,  T.J.  Multiple  solutions  and  flow limitation in collapsible channel flows. J. Fluid Mech., 420:  301-324, 2000.
  • Lewis, D.M. & Pedley, T.J. The influence  of  turbulence  on  plankton predation strategies.  J. Theor. Biol., 210, 347-365, 2001.
  • Pedley,  T.J.  James  Lighthill  and  his  contributions   to   fluid mechanics.  Ann. Rev. Fluid Mech., 33,1-41, 2001.
  • Metcalfe,  A.M.  &  Pedley,  T.J.   Falling   plumes   in   bacterial bioconvection.  J. Fluid Mech., 445, 121-149, 2001.
  • Pedley, T.J.  Mathematical modelling of arterial fluid dynamics. J. Eng. Maths, 47, 419-444, 2003.
  •  Vladimirov, V.A., Wu, M.S.C., Pedley, T.J., Denissenko, P.V. & Zakhidova, S.G.  Measurement of cell velocity distributions in populations of motile algae. J. Exp. Biol. 207: 1203-1216, 2004.
  • Kim, K.S., Davis, I.S., Macpherson, P.A., Pedley, T.J. & Hill, A.E. Osmosis in small pores:  a molecular dynamics study of the mechanism of water transport.  Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A, 461: 273-296, 2005.
  • Magar, V. & Pedley, T.J.  Average nutrient uptake by a self-propelled unsteady squirmer. J. Fluid Mech. 539: 93-112, 2005.
  • Ishikawa, T.,  Simmonds, M.P. & Pedley, T.J.  Hydrodynamic interaction of two swimming model micro-organisms.  J.Fluid Mech 568: 119-160, 2006.
  • Guneratne, J.C. & Pedley, T.J.  High-Reynolds-number steady flow in a collapsible channel.  J. Fluid Mech., 569: 151-184, 2006.
  • Ishikawa, T. & Pedley, T.J.  Diffusion of swimming model micro-organisms in a semi-dilute suspension.  J Fluid Mech. 588, 437-462, 2007.
  • Luo, X-Y., Cai, Z.-X., Li, W.-G. & Pedley, T.J.  The cascade structure of linear instability in collapsible channel flows.  J.Fluid
  •     Mech. 600, 45-76, 2008.
  • Singh, K & Pedley, T.J.  The hydrodynamics of flexible manoeuvres in swimming fish.  Physica D 237:2234-2239,2008.