Richard Vynne Southwell, 1888-1970

  title={Richard Vynne Southwell, 1888-1970},
  author={Derman Guy Christopherson},
  journal={Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society},
  pages={549 - 565}
  • D. Christopherson
  • Published 1 November 1972
  • History
  • Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
Richard Vynne Southwell was born on 2 July 1888 at Norwich. He was the son of Edwin Batterbee Southwell, of Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, who became General Manager and Director of J. and J. Colman Ltd of Norwich, and of Annie, daughter of Richard Vynne, a farmer and corn merchant of Swaffham. He was an only son, but had two sisters, one older and one younger than himself. Thomas Southwell, F. Z. S. of Norwich was a second cousin of his father. The family was believed to be descended from the… 
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  • The History of the Theory of Structures
  • 2018


Relaxation Methods in Engineering Science
THOSE who heard Prof. Southwell's lecture to the London Mathematical Society in 1937 will well remember how he communicated to his audience some of the great enthusiasm with which he had reacted to
On the Calculation of Stresses in the Hulls of Rigid Airships
  • R. Southwell
  • Engineering
    The Journal of the Royal Aeronautical Society
  • 1926
An essay which is to be submitted in competition for the R.38 Memorial Prize may fairly presume a knowledge of airship history in recent years, and I shall here touch only on those circumstances
On the General Theory of Elastic Stability
Problems which deal with the stability of bodies in equilibrium under stress are so distinct from the ordinary applications of the theory of elasticity that it is legitimate to regard them as forming
Relaxation methods applied to engineering problems V. Conformal transformation of a region in plane space
  • C. Ganellin, R. Southwell
  • Mathematics
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • 1940
1. Part III of this series (Christopherson and Southwell 1938) brought within the scope of relaxation methods problems governed by Poisson’s or Laplace’s equation in two variables. Its first example
Castigliano's Principle of Minimum Strain-Energy
1—Two important theorems can be established regarding the equilibrium of a body which obeys Hooke’s law. In the first we assume that specified displacements are imposed (by an application of suitable
On the Stresses Induced by Flexure in a Deep Rectangular Beam
1. When a straight cylindrical rod is bent into a circle by couples applied at its ends, the resulting state of stress is given, with sufficient accuracy for practical purposes, by the well-known
On maintained convective motion in a fluid heated from below
  • A. Pellew, R. Southwell
  • Geology
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A. Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • 1940
This paper examines the stability in viscous liquid of a steady regime in which the temperature decreases with uniform gradient between a lower horizontal surface which is heated and an upper
VI. The natural frequencies of systems having restricted freedom
  • A. Pellew, R. Southwell
  • Engineering
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A. Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • 1940
1. Relaxation methods for determining characteristic numbers of continuous systems were described in Part IV of this series (Bradfield, Christopherson and Southwell 1939). The modes were assumed to
On the free transverse vibrations of a uniform circular disc clamped at its centre; and on the effects of rotation
1. A thin circular disc, entirely unconstrained, can vibrate transversely in modes which may be characterized by any number of nodal concentric circles, crossed by uniformly spaced nodal diameters.
A Contribution to the Analysis of Primary Stresses in the Hull of a Rigid Airship
This paper describes an investigation conducted at the request of the Aeronautical Research Committee, who made a grant to one of us for the purpose. It is submitted by permission as an essay to