Professor Peter Daniels
A sad farewell to a great and highly respected colleague• by Katherine Trimble
Peter Daniels, who was Assistant Dean Professor of Applied Mathematics until his retirement in December 2011, died suddenly on Tuesday 10th April while he was on holiday with his wife in Cornwall. This was the result of a heart attack and was very unexpected.
Peter had given a lifetime of service to the University since he joined the Mathematics Department in 1977 from UCL, as a Lecturer. He was rapidly promoted to Reader in 1981 and to Professor of Applied Mathematics in 1985. Peter also spent 10 years as Head of the Mathematics Department, serving from 1987 to 1997.
Peter was an active researcher in applied mathematics with over 100 publications. He investigated various aspects of theoretical fluid mechanics; he was interested in boundary layers, convection in fluids and porous media - and the patterns that such flows could make when constrained by boundaries. In his research he often relied on the use of matched asymptotic expansions of multiple regions of a flow to build up a complete picture of a complex flow.
Throughout his time at City, Professor Daniels contributed extensively to teaching, research and administration in the University and was a committed and conscientious member of the School. He set that tone very early in his career. Prof Jaswon, the Head of Department, had written when the young Dr Daniels' appointment was confirmed: 'Dr Daniels has given outstanding service in every respect. We are fortunate to have him as a member of staff.'
We were indeed fortunate to have such a colleague.
Professor Daniels had just taken early retirement at Christmas and was looking forward to spending more time with his family. Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife and children.
His funeral will take place in Cornwall, where it is planned that he will be buried on Friday 20th April.