International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 22 (1999), Issue 4, Pages 667-688

Sir James Lighthill and modern fluid mechanics: a memorial tribute

Lokenath Debnath

Department of Mathematics, University of Central Florida, Orlando 32816, FL, USA

Received 15 December 1998

Copyright © 1999 Lokenath Debnath. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This memorial tribute commemorates Sir James Lighthill the man and the mathematical scientist. A brief biographical information is presented with my personal reminiscences. His major contributions to fluid mechanics with special reference to nonlinear dispersive waves are discussed. By any standards, his legacy of research and publications of six books and one hundred fifty papers will remain forever as a remarkable example of scholarly work.