Hilary Ockendon

Hilary Ockendon is a British applied mathematician and an expert on problems in fluid dynamics, such as the reduction of sloshing in coffee cups.[1] She is an emeritus fellow of Somerville College, Oxford, the former president of the European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry, and the author of multiple books on fluid dynamics.

Education and career

Ockendon was educated at Somerville College, Oxford and earned her PhD in 1968. Her dissertation, Relaxing Gas Flow, was supervised by David Allan Spence.[2]

She is the former director[3] and an emerita member of the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics at the University of Oxford, and a fellow emerita of Somerville College, Oxford.[4] She was president of the European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry from 2001 to 2003.[5]

Personal life

Ockendon is married to coauthor and colleague John Ockendon.[6]


Ockendon is the author of:

  • Inviscid Fluid Flows (with Alan B. Taylor, Oxford University, 1972; Springer, 1983)[7]
  • Viscous Flow (with John Ockendon, Cambridge University Press, 1995)[8]
  • Waves and Compressible Flow (with John Ockendon, Springer, 2004; 2nd ed., 2015)[9]


  1. Sorg, Lina (21 December 2017), "Mathematical model reveals solution to sloshing coffee", Research nuggets, SIAM News
  2. Hilary Ockendon at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. "OCIAM" (PDF), Oxford Mathematical Institute Newsletter, 1: 6, March 2003
  4. Hilary Ockendon, University of Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy, retrieved 25 May 2019
  5. Past presidents, European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry, 2016-01-22, retrieved 25 May 2019
  6. Rundle, John B.; Turcotte, Donald (1996), "Turcotte receives Whitten medal", Eos: Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, 77 (10): 95, doi:10.1029/96eo00063
  7. Reviews of Inviscid Fluid Flows:
    • Jeffrey, Alan, Mathematical Reviews, MR 0421281CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Hyers, D. H. (1984), Mathematical Reviews, MR 0693294CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Hilbig, H. (1984), ZAMM, 64 (11): 502, doi:10.1002/zamm.19840641115CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  8. Reviews of Viscous Flow:
  9. Reviews of Waves and Compressible Flow:
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