Summary: Wave Motion 33 (2001) 16
G.R. Wickham: an appreciation
I.D. Abrahamsa,, P.A. Martinb, A.N. Norrisc
a Department of Mathematics, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
b Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401-1887, USA
c Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8058, USA
Accepted 16 March 2000
Gerry Wickham died on 24 December 1995. This article gives a short survey of his life and his work, including a list of his
publications. © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Gerry Wickham was known around the world for his work on the diffraction and propagation of waves, especially
elastic waves in the context of ultrasonic non-destructive evaluation. He died on Christmas Eve 1995, as a result of
brain haemorrhages: he was 52. This special issue of Wave Motion is dedicated to his memory.
In this short introductory note, we shall attempt a portrait of the man and his work. To those of us who knew him,
he was influential in the way he selected and tackled problems; he was also great fun to be with!
It was in this spirit that a meeting was held in Manchester, England on 15 July 1996. Lectures were given by J.D.
Achenbach, M.V. Berry FRS, R.K. Chapman and J.M. Coffey, D.G. Crighton FRS, G. Kristensson, A.N. Norris,
J.R. Ockendon FRS and F. Ursell FRS. The day was also used to share reminiscences and anecdotes, just as Gerry
would have liked! During the meeting, Jan Achenbach agreed that a special issue of Wave Motion might offer a