Timothy Leighton FREng
MA PhD CPhys CEng FInstP FIOA FASA
- Primary position:
- Professor of Ultrasonics and Underwater Acoustics
- Other positions:
- Associate Dean Research
Timothy Leighton is Professor of Ultrasonics and Underwater Acoustics at the University of Southampton, UK; Chairman of the Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics Research Group in the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR); and Associate Dean with responsibility for research at the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, which hosts 340 academic/research/enterprise staff and more than 550 research students.
Honours and awards
The Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal (Acoustical Society of America), awarded for contributions to Biomedical Acoustics, Physical Acoustics, and Acoustical Oceanography(click here for details) (click here for citation)
The 2012 Institute of Chemical Engineering Award for "Water Management and Supply" (click here for details)
Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering (click here for details)
The Brian Mercer Award for Innovation (The Royal Society) (click here for details)
R W B Stephens Medal of the Institute of Acoustics (click here for details)
The ‘Medical & Healthcare' award by ‘The Engineer' (click here for details)
Paterson Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics (click here for details)
Inaugural Early Career Medal and Award, International Commission of Acoustics
Tyndall Medal of the Institute of Acoustics
Inaugural award of the International Medwin Prize for Acoustical Oceanography (Acoustical Society of America) (click here for details)
Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship
Fellowship of the Institute of Physics
Fellowship of the Institute of Acoustics
Fellowship of the Acoustical Society of America
AB Wood Medal of the Institute of Acoustics
Having obtained a Magdalene College Scholarship to study for his first degree, he graduated in 1985 from the University of Cambridge with a Double First Class Degree in Physics and Theoretical Physics, and the highest mark of the year for an experimental project. He obtained a PhD at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, in 1988. He was then awarded Senior and Advanced Research Fellowships at Magdalene College (Cambridge University) and the Engineering Physics and Science Research Council (EPSRC), which included three periods of work at the Institut de Machines Hydrauliques et de Mecanique des Fluides (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland).
Then, at the age of 28, he joined ISVR as Lecturer in Underwater Acoustics, and in the same year (1992) he completed the monograph The Acoustic Bubble (Academic Press), and at 35 he was awarded a Personal Chair. He is author of over 400 other publications (available here), appears on radio and TV across the world (available here), and has served on numerous international committees. A précis of the impact following from his research activity can be found here.
The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)
Conference or Workshop Item
Professor Leighton is interested in the way sound travels through liquids (and liquid-like materials, such as the atmospheres of Venus and the Gas Giant planets). Consequently his research covers: Acoustical Oceanography (how we can measure ocean properties by sound); Biomedical Ultrasonics (how to ensure ultrasound does not change tissue when it should not – e.g. during foetal scanning; and ensuring that it does change tissue in a controlled way when it should – e.g. during tumour therapy); Marine Zoological Acoustics (how sea creatures use and respond to sound); Sonochemistry (how to produce chemical reactions in liquid using ultrasound). He likes to cover a project from the fundamental science through to application in industry, hospitals, or at sea. Details of the impact of his work can be found here.
Primary research group: ISVR Acoustics Group
Bubble detectors invented for the USA's Oak Ridge National Laboratory $1.4 billion Spallation Neutron Source
Consideration of how dolphins hunt with bubble nets, has led to a new radar to detect hidden bugging/surveillance equipment and covert explosives. In particular it allows a buried target to be distinguished from buried trash (drinks cans, nails etc.). Moreover it allows the manufacture of small, lightweight and inexpensive personal identification tags that do not require batteries, for animal tagging, or to allow the location and identification of buried personnel who opt to carry them (rescue workers, skiers in avalanche areas). Buried catastrophe victims not carrying such tags might still be located by scattering this radar from their mobile phones.
How do they blow those bubble rings?
waterfalls and voices
Patients benefit from 94.7% success rate for monitoring therapy
An invention that cleans with low volumes of low water and few (or no) additives
pipelines which is 100x more sensitive than current commercial methods
for a $1.4 billion facility
How stars and viruses form
|Title||Module Code||Programme Roe|
|Underwater Acoustics¹||ISVR3005 Acoustical Engineering||Acoustics & Module Coordinator|
|Underwater Acoustics¹||ISVR6037 MSc||Sound & Vibration Studies Coordinator|
Tim’s lecturing varies in style from formal lectures, to discussions exploring particular questions amongst groups containing class members as diverse as medics, engineers, zoologists, chemists and physicists. The example video below shows a formal lecture
Professor Timothy Leighton FREng
Engineering and the Environment
University of Southampton
Room Number: 13/2007