David C. Montgomery

Emeritus Professor

Our group has in recent years been concerned with trying to understand the quantitative behavior of fluids, particularly electrically conducting fluids in the presence of dc magnetic fields and applied electric fields.  Numerical computation of nonlinear behavior out of the range of linear analytical mathematics has been used to try to confirm statistical theories of turbulent relaxation to spatially non-uniform states.  Two-dimensional and quasi-two-dimensional phenomena in magnetohydrodyanmics and fluid mechanics have been of interest.  (Rotating neutral fluids are of particularly recent interest.)  It has been attempted to bring classical perspectives from Navier-Stokes hydrodynamics to bear on electrically conducting fluids and plasmas.  Of interest have been the dynamics of toroidally-bounded, electrically driven, dissipative magnetofluids, particularly with regard to the apparently universal appearance of toroidal and poloidal velocity fields (mass flows).


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  • B.S. Wisconsin (1956)
  • M.A. Princeton University (1958)
  • Ph.D.Princeton University (1959)
  • D. Honoris Causa, Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands) (1996)

Selected Publications

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Dartmouth College: 1984-1988, Professor of Physics

                                     1988-2004, Eleanor and A. Kelvin Smith Professor of Physics

                                     2004-present, Professor Emeritus and Research Professor

College of William and Mary: 1977-1984, Professor of Physics

University of Iowa: 1965-1977, Professor of Physics 1970-77, Assoc. Prof. 1965-1970

University of Maryland 1962-65, Research Assistant Professor

University of Wisconsin 1961-62, Instructor and Research Associate

Princeton University, Project Matterhorn, 1959-60, Research Associate

Visiting Appointments 

University of Utrecht (Netherlands), Culham Laboratory (U.K.), University of Colorado, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Alaska, Los Alamos National Laboratory, University of California (Berkeley), Bell Laboratories, University of Wisconsin, Hunter College (CUNY), National Center for Atmospheric Research, University of Maryland, University of Nagoya (Japan), Columbia University, J.E.T.(U.K.), Technical University of Eindhoven (Netherlands), Rijnhuizen Laboratory (Netherlands), Heinrich-Heine Universität (Düsseldorf, Germany), Risø National Laboratory, Roskilde, Denmark. Consulted at: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory.


American Physical Society (Fellow since 1969)

American Geophysical Union

Federation of American Scientists

American Association of University Professors

Courses Taught at Dartmouth - Graduate and Undergraduate

Fluid dynamics, plasma physics, magnetohydrodynamics, classical mechanics, electromagnetic theory, statistical mechanics, mathematical methods, introductory physics, special topics (turbulence)

Ph.D. Theses Supervised at Dartmouth

Hudong Chen (American Physical Society Fellow)

Michael L. Theobald

Xiaowen Shan (American Physical Society Fellow)

Wesley B. Jones

Shuojun Li

Alexei Kotelnikov

Brian T. Kress

Postdoctoral Research Associates Supervised at Dartmouth

Ziya Agim

Michael Brown (American Physical Society Fellow)

John Shebalin

Jill Dahlburg (American Physical Society Fellow)

Lee Phillips

Xiaowen Shan (American Physical Society Fellow)

Jason Bates

Hudong Chen (American Physical Society Fellow)

Sanjoy Ghosh

Michael Goodman

Hubert Shen

Wesley Jones

Antonio Ting (American Physical Society Fellow)

Previous Employment

Princeton University, Project Matterhorn (1959-60)

University of Wisconsin (1961-62

University of Maryland (1962-65)

University of Iowa (1965-1977)

College of William and Mary (1977-1984)

Consulted for:

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NASA Langley Research Center (ICASE), Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Synergistic Activities

Fellow of the American Physical Society since 1969.

Courses given in advanced summer schools at U.Colorado, Les Houches (France), NCAR.

Numerous invited lectures, colloquia, and seminars in many countries.

Over 200 scientific publications since 1959.

Supervised 22 Ph.D. theses and about 20 postdoctoral research associates, 1965-2005.

Received extramural grant support for many years, from NASA, U.S. Dept. of Energy, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, National Science Foundation.

Served on numerous agency review panels. Refereed for many journals, also NASA, DoE, etc.