Clare College Cambridge

Professor Jim Woodhouse

Professor Jim Woodhouse

Professor of Structural Dynamics

What is your subject and specific area of study?

Vibration and acoustics. I work on the acoustics of musical instruments, and also on other engineering vibration problems like vehicle brake squeal. I studied mathematics originally and moved to Engineering later in my career, so my college involvement has been with both subjects (and also occasionally with computer science).

What makes Clare College such a good place to study your subject?



Measuring the vibration response of a violin with a miniature impact hammer and a laser system.

 A set of 6 violins commissioned specifically for acoustical and psychoacoustical testing: very similar externally, but with small controlled differences of internal structure so that players and listeners can distinguish them.

Main Publications:

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