Professor John Fitzpatrick was born on Sept. 3, 1949, in Ballycastle, Co Antrim, where he spent his formative years and there developed an abiding love of the sea and sailing. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in mechanical engineering at Queen's University, Belfast, completing his Ph.D. in 1976. He married Hilary in 1978 and then moved to Dunlaoghaire, near Dublin, to take up a lectureship position at the newly established mechanical engineering department at Trinity College. There, he enjoyed an enormously successful career, establishing a world class reputation for teaching and research in the field of flow-induced vibration and noise.

John's fascination for flow-induced vibration and noise started during his Ph.D. studies, where he examined the fluid mechanics of heat exchanger tube arrays. His interest in the unsteady flow within tube arrays led to inquiring life-long studies of the fundamental mechanisms of noise generation...

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