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Joseph Proudman

Born: 30-Dec-1888
Birthplace: Unsworth, Lancashire, England
Died: 26-Jun-1975
Location of death: Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Mathematician, Scientist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Tidal currents

Joseph Proudman was a British mathematician and oceanographer who studied turbulence and the magnitude of internal friction in tidal currents. With physicist Geoffrey Ingram Taylor, he is credited with devising the Taylor-Proudman Theorem, which states that the velocity field remains constant in the direction parallel to the axis of rotation.

Father: (tenant farmer, d. 1943)
Wife: Rubina Ormrod Proudman (m. 1916, d. 1958, one daughter, two sons)
Wife: Beryl Gladys Waugh Gould Proudman (m. 29-May-1961)

    High School: Farnworth CE Primary School, Widnes, Cheshire, England
    University: Widnes Technical School
    University: BS General Studies, University of Liverpool (1909)
    University: BS Mathematics, University of Liverpool (1910)
    University: PhD Mathematics, Cambridge University (1913)
    Teacher: Mathematics, University of Liverpool (1913-19)
    Professor: Applied Mathematics, University of Liverpool (1919-33)
    Administrator: Director of Tidal Institute at Liverpool (1919-46)
    Professor: Oceanography, University of Liverpool (1933-54)

    Hughes Medal 1957
    Alexander Agassiz Medal 1946
    Commander of the British Empire 1952
    Royal Society 1925
    National Institute of Oceanography
    International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Ocean President (1951-54)
    UK Official Justice of the Peace, City of Liverpool (1941-54)

Author of books:
Tides in A Channel (1925)
Dynamical Oceanography (1953)


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