D. G. Crighton
(1942 - 2000)

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David Crighton, Editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, having been an Associate Editor since 1979, died on 12 April 2000.

After completing the Mathematics Tripos at Cambridge University, David was for two years a lecturer at Woolwich Polytechnic, before becoming a research assistant and taking a doctoral degree at Imperial College, London. In 1974, at the prodigiously young age of 32, he became Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Leeds, and then moved back to Cambridge in 1986 to fill the chair vacated on the retirement of George Batchelor. From 1991 he was head of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and in 1997 he was also elected Master of Jesus College, Cambridge.

The quality of David's scientific work earned him many honours, including election as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1993. He was loved and admired worldwide for his warmth and humanity and for his extraordinary energy and vision. His wise leadership and guidance of JFM will be greatly missed.

David fought courageously against cancer for more than a year, throughout which he was supported by his wife Johanna and by his two children. He was still enthusiastically involved with all his academic and administrative responsibilities until a few days before his death.

A commentary on his career and influence on aeroacoustic theory by Professor Ffowcs Williams appears in FLM volume 437.

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