Professor Spalding was born in 1923 in New Malden, England. He obtained his BA in Engineering Science from Oxford University in 1944, an MA from Oxford in 1948 and his PhD from Cambridge for a thesis on The Combustion of Liquid Fuels in 1952. In 1954 he was invited to join Imperial College as Reader in Applied Heat and in 1958 was appointed Professor of Heat Transfer. He was subsequently Head of the Computational Fluid Dynamics Unit at Imperial and held both positions until his retirement in 1988. He has been visiting Professor at MIT, University of California, Berkeley, University of Minnesota and was Reilly Professor of Combustion at Purdue University.
Professor Spalding’s scientific publications since 1949 include papers on thermodynamics, combustion, heat transfer, boundary-layer theory and computational fluid dynamics.
In 1974, Professor Spalding founded Concentration, Heat & Momentum Limited (CHAM) and remains its Managing Director. Its major product is the widely-used, general purpose, PHOENICS computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code, of which Professor Spalding is the main creator and continuing developer.
In his ninety second year Professor Spalding explores computational fluid dynamics with undiminished vigour. He enjoys working seven days a week with time out for speaking at Conferences where he can meet colleagues and students and discuss matters of mutual interest hopefully resulting in mutual enjoyment. He also finds time to read (poetry and prose) and write (lectures and poetry).