Theodore Y. Wu

Pasadena, USA

6th Georg Weinblum Memorial Lecture (1983/84)

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Short Biography

Theodore Yaotsu Wu pursued his undergraduate education at Chiao Tung University (B.Sc., 1946) and graduate education in Aeronautics at Iowa State University (M.Sc., 1948) and California Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1952). He joined the faculty of California Institute of Technology in 1952 and became Professor of Engineering Science in 1961.

Professor Wu has interest in a broad field of fluid mechanics, ranging from low-Reynolds-number problems in biophysics to the high-Reynolds-number problems of swimming and flying in nature and spanning over engineering problems of various kinds and sources. He directed a research team at Caltech and developed useful methods applied by researchers in theoretical, numerical and experimental studies. He is recognised for contributions in cavity and wake flow, slender-body theory, microorganism mobility, tsunami and long waves in the ocean, and energy extraction from wind and ocean currents.

Theodore Y. Wu's interests in naval architecture was greatly enhanced, notably due to the wonderful stimulus received from Georg Weinblum on the subjects as well as on the minds and spirits, when he spent the year of 1964/65 visiting, as a Guggenheim Fellow and Gastprofessor, the Institut für Schiffbau of the University of Hamburg. Thus "Schiffbau" has been one of his favourite subjects, as reflected in his effort serving the ITTC Resistance Committee (1967– 1978), in his Australian Universities and CSIRO Lecture Series (1976), Russell Severance Springer Lecture Series (1980, University of California, Berkeley), Academia Sinica Lecture Series (1981, Peking) and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Lecture Series (1982, Japan). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering of the United States of America.

Wu retired in 1996.

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[The short biography is taken from the invitation letter for the Georg Weinblum Memorial Lecture held by Theodore Y. Wu. Some slight modifications have been made when deemed necessary.]