Terence Nonweiler

Biography of Terence Nonweiler

Terence Reginald Forbes Nonweiler (1925-1999) was Professor of Engineering (Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics) at the University from 1961-1975 and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 1970 to 1973.

Nonweiler was born in London on 8 February 1925. In 1949 he married Patricia Hilda Frances (née Neame). They had four sons and one daughter. He was educated at Goudhurst, Kent. After a years student teaching there he entered the University of Manchester in 1942 and obtained the degree of BSc in the Honours School of Mathematics in 1944. That same year he became the Scientific Officer for the Scientific Advisor's Department of the Air Ministry, a post he retained for six years.

From 1951-1954 he was the lecturer in Aerodynamics at the College of Aeronautics at Cranfield. He was promoted in 1954 to senior lecturer in Theoretical Aerodynamics and Mathematics. In 1957 he joined the new department of Aeronautical Engineering at The Queen's University of Belfast as the senior lecturer. The degree of PhD was awarded to him in 1960 for his thesis concerning the 'Stability and Control of Submarines.'

In 1961 he was appointed the Mechan Professor of Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics at the University of Glasgow. In 1975 he joined Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand as the Professor of Mathematics.

He was a consultant to the Admiralty in 1951; to the Ministry of Aviation in 1959; to the Ministry of agriculture 1966 and to the Wellington City Corporation in 1977. He was an Associate Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and also of the Institute of Aerospace Sciences; an Associate of the Royal Institution of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects; and a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society. His publications include: Jets and Rockets, (1959); as well as numerous technical papers on aeronautics, space flight, and submarine motion.

Nonweiler also had an interest in drama (acting and stage production) as well as music.


Terence Nonweiler
Born 8 February 1925.
Died 17 December 1999.
University Link: Dean of Faculties, Professor
GU Degree:
Occupation categories: engineers; mathematical engineer
Record last updated: 30th Apr 2015

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