Ann Dowling

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Dame Ann Dowling
Ann Dowling in Cambridge 2011.jpg
Dowling in 2011
Born Ann Patricia Dowling
(1952-07-15) 15 July 1952 (age 69)[1]
Alma mater Girton College, Cambridge
Thesis Picoustic Sources in Motion (1978)
Known for Silent Aircraft Initiative
Notable awards
Spouse Thomas Paul Hynes[4]

Dame Ann Patricia Dowling, OM, DBE, FRS, FREng (born 15 July 1952) is a British mechanical engineer who researches combustion, acoustics and vibration, focusing on efficient, low-emission combustion and reduced road vehicle and aircraft noise. From 2009 to 2014 she was Head of the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge,[6] where she was the first female professor in 1998.[7][8][9][10][11][12] She is also the President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Academy's first female president.[13]


Dowling was educated at Ursuline Convent School, Westgate, Kent[4] and the University of Cambridge (as a member of Girton College), where after studying mathematics at undergraduate level, and following a summer job at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, she was awarded a PhD in 1978.[3] Dowling's PhD was in aeroacoustics, specifically on the Concorde noise problem.[14]


Dowling's research career has been at University of Cambridge starting as a research fellow in 1977[1] but she has held visiting posts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Jerome C Hunsaker Visiting Professor, 1999) and at the California Institute of Technology (Moore Distinguished Scholar 2001).[1] Dowling is one of four main panel chairs for the Research Excellence Framework.[15]

On 3 February 2012, the oil company BP announced that Dowling was to become a non-executive director with immediate effect.[16]

Awards and honours

Dowling was elected a Fellow[2] of Royal Academy of Engineering[2] (FREng) and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2003. Her nomination reads:


In February 2013 Dowling was listed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.[18] and was the subject of an episode of The Life Scientific in 2012.[5]

Professor Dowling is Patron of the Women's Engineering Society (WES).

In January 2014 Professor Dowling was nominated for election as President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.[2] She took up the position in September 2014,[19][20][21] and in that role chaired a 2015 review (the 'Dowling Review') of business/university research collaboration,[22] published in July 2015.[23]

Professor Dame Ann Dowling has been a Non-Executive Board Member at BIS since February 2014.[24]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Debrett's People of Today Prof Dame Ann Dowling
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "List of Fellows".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dowling, Ann Patricia (1978). Picoustic Sources in Motion (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "DOWLING, Prof. Dame Ann Patricia, (Dame Ann Hynes)". Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>(subscription required)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Dame Ann Dowling". The Life Scientific. 28 August 2012. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 18 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Ann Dowling's University of Cambridge Department of Engineering bio
  7. Women of Outstanding Achievement:Professor Dame Ann Dowling
  8. Dowling, A. P. (1997). "Nonlinear self-excited oscillations of a ducted flame". Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 346: 271. doi:10.1017/S0022112097006484.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Dowling, A. P. (1999). "A kinematic model of a ducted flame". Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 394: 51. doi:10.1017/S0022112099005686.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Dowling, A. P.; Stow, S. R. (2003). "Acoustic Analysis of Gas Turbine Combustors". Journal of Propulsion and Power. 19 (5): 751. doi:10.2514/2.6192.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Dowling, Anne (1983). Sound and Sources of Sound. Ellis Horwood. ISBN 0853125279.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Ann Dowling's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier.
  13. [1]
  14. "Interview with Professor Dame Ann Dowling". Retrieved 4 March 2015. External link in |website= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. HEFCE announcement of panel chairs accessed 16 July 2010
  16. BP Board Changes 3 Feb 2012
  17. "EC/2003/12: Dowling, Ann Patricia. Library and Archive Catalogue". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2014-02-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour Power list
  19. Royal Academy of Engineering Council nominates its first female President
  20. Royal Academy of Engineering selects first female president
  21. "Royal Academy of Engineering celebrates its first female President". Retrieved 16 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. The Dowling Review of business university research collaborations launches call for evidence, Royal Academy of Engineering, 23 January 2014. Accessed: 2 September 2015.
  23. Business-university research collaborations: Dowling review final report, BIS, 2 July 2015. Accessed: 2 September 2015.
  24. "Non-executive board member Professor Dame Ann Dowling". Retrieved 4 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
Sir John Parker
President of the Royal Academy of Engineering
September 2014–
Succeeded by