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Peter Richardson

Peter Richardson

Professor Peter Richardson FRS


Elected: 1986





Peter Richardson applies his engineering expertise to the medical and biological sciences. In particular, he has used his knowledge of fluid mechanics to design artificial lungs and a hybrid pancreas. Peter’s study of the interaction between blood flow and blood vessels has advanced our understanding of atherosclerosis — the thickening of artery walls — and thrombosis, the formation of blood clots.

To complement his blood flow research, Peter developed the use of ultrasound to diagnose conditions in blood vessels. Peter’s non-biomedical contributions include studies of heat convection for the US Air Force and early computational work for NASA on the effects of radiative heat transfer on the lunar surface.

Peter keenly promotes the value of biomedical engineering to society. He is a Founding Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and an Inaugural Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Peter’s many accolades include the Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine, an award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and election as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Engineering
    • Engineering, mechanical
  • Anatomy, physiology and neurosciences
    • Physiology incl biophysics of cells (non-clinical)


Thermodynamics, engines and turbines

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