Professor Michael P. Paidoussis

Professor Michael P. Païdoussis


Michael P. Païdoussis was born in Cyprus in 1935, and was educated in the Greek Schools of Egypt, McGill University and the University of Cambridge, receiving his B.Eng. in Mechanical Sciences (with honours) in 1958 and his Ph.D. (Cantab) in Engineering in 1963. He has been Overseas Fellow at GEC in Britain (1958-60) and Research Officer at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (Applied Physics Division, 1963-67) in Chalk River, Canada. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering of McGill University in 1967. Promoted to Professor in 1976, he served as Chairman of the Department from 1977 to 1986, and now is the Thomas Workman Professor Emeritus.

Since 1960, he has worked on various aspects of fluid-structure interactions and flow-induced vibrations and instabilities. He is the author of “Fluid-Structure Interactions: Slender Structures and Axial Flow”, Vol. 1 (1998, Academic Press, London), Vol. 2 (2004, Elsevier Academic Press, London). He has published over 180 papers in refereed journals and 110 full papers in refereed conference proceedings. He has received a British Association Medal for High Distinction in Mech. Engineering (1958), the George Stephenson Prize from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in 1975, the CANCAM (1) Prize in 1995, and the ASME 1999 Fluids Engineering Award. He is Fellow of IMechE, ASME(2), CSME(3), the American Academy of Mechanics, the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Science), and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He has served as Chairman of Division III of IAHR(4) (1981-87), and has been active in various committees of the Pressure Vessels and Piping, Fluids Engineering and Applied Mechanics Divisions of ASME; he was the ASME Calvin Rice Lecturer for 1992. As of 1986, he has been the Editor of the Journal of Fluids and Structures (Academic Press, now Elsevier).

Dr Païdoussis was active, with Friends of PAK, in efforts in Montreal towards unseating the Greek colonels' Junta in Greece, and served as President of the Hellenic Graduates' Society in that period. Then, as President of the Hellenic-Canadian Solidarity Committee for Cyprus (1974-1980) and of the Pan-Canadian Solidarity Committee for Cyprus (1978-1983), he served in the on-going world-wide campaign for the withdrawal of the Turkish occupation forces from Cyprus and for its reunification. He was also one of the leaders within the Hellenic community in Montreal for the “No” (anti-separatist) campaign in the 1980 Referendum on the constitutional future of Québec. As of 1983 he is serving as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Cyprus in Montreal, and is now the Honorary Consul General. In 1993, he was awarded a Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.


(1) Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics.

(2) American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

(3) Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering.

(4) International Association for Hydraulic Research.