John N. Newman

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA 


11th Georg Weinblum Memorial Lecture (1988/89)

The Numerical Towing Tank – Fact or Fiction?
Ship Technology Research/ Schiffstechnik, vol. 36(1989), issue 4, pp. 155–168


Short Biography

After studying naval architecture and marine engineering from 1952 to 1958 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with degrees B.Sc. 1956 and M.Sc. in 1957, John N. Newman attended the University of Cambridge from 1958 to 1959, under the direction of Prof. F. Ursell. In 1960, he received the degree D.Sc. in Theoretical Hydrodynamics from MIT.

From 1959 to 1967, he was a Research Naval Architect at the David Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center in Bethesda, Maryland. During this time, he maintained academic contacts as Adjunct Lecturer at the American University 1962–1967 and as Visiting Lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley in 1963.

In 1967, he returned to MIT as Associate Professor of Naval Architecture and was appointed Professor in 1970. He was a visiting professor in Australia at the University of New South Wales and the University of Adelaide in 1973–4, and at the Norwegian Technical University in Trondheim, 1981–1982. When he retired from the MIT Faculty in 1996, he was appointed Emeritus Professor. In 1999, he co-founded the company WAMIT Inc. to develop and support software for the analysis of wave interactions with fixed and floating structures.

Prof. Newman is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Foreign Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. He was awarded the degree Doctor Technicae Honoris Causa by the University of Trondheim in 1992. He is the author of the textbook “Marine Hydrodynamics”, and author or co-author of many papers. His publications deal primarily with problems of analytical and numerical hydrodynamics, but they also contain practical aspects, especially sailing-related questions. Prof. Newman is an enthusiastic and experienced offshore yachtsman.


External Links

[–] Wikipedia entry for John N. Newman
[–] John N. Newman at WAMIT


Last update: January 2018