© Christopher Earls Brennen

About the Author

Christopher Earls Brennen was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and graduated from the University of Oxford (Balliol College) with a BA, MA and DPhil in Engineering Science. He has been a faculty member at the California Institute of Technology since 1969 and retired in 2005 as the Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering. At various times he also served that institution as Executive Officer of Mechanical Engineering, Master of Student Houses, Dean of Students and Vice-President for Student Affairs. He is the sole author of four internationally published books, `` Cavitation and Bubble Dynamics '', `` Hydrodynamics of Pumps '' (which has also been translated and published in Japan and China), `` Fundamentals of Multiphase Flow'', and `` Thermohydraulics of Nuclear Reactors'', all available from Cambridge University Press. He also authored an internet textbook on fluid mechanics which is used extensively for both undergraduate and graduate courses. In addition, he was an author on over 250 published, technical papers and lectured at academic conferences and technical institutions throughout the world. His extracurricular publications include guide books for canyoneering and genealogical records. He has won numerous awards including both the ASME and JSME Fluids Engineering Awards (the first non-Japanese recipient of the latter) and, in 2005, was the recipient of the Richard Feynman Prize, Caltech's most prestigious teaching award. On the recreational side, he helped pioneer the sport of canyoneering in California and was the recipient of the 2006 John Wesley Powell Award.

Last updated 4/6/04.
Christopher E. Brennen