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Leslie Morland


  • 2.13 Earlham Hall

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Key Research Interests

My research has primarily focussed on the theory and application of continuum mechanics, with particular attention to geophysical applications. Following are the main areas:



The propagation of elastic-plastic waves and the associated motion of elastic-plastic and plastic-elastic interfaces; existence and uniqueness.

Finite deformation theory; rock mechanics


Linear viscoelasticity

Wave propagation

Thermal stress

Rolling contact


Singular integral equations

Generalised Cauchy and logarithmic kernels; finite Hilbert transforms



Strongly anisotropic elastic solids

Jointed rock masses


Interacting continua

Fluid flow through a porous deformable matrix

Granular matrix; compaction and shear hysteresis

Earth tide effects

Phase change; singular surfaces; snow melt



Viscoelastic response of ice; impact dynamics

Flow of ice sheets and ice shelves; reduced models

Effects of basal topography; enhanced reduced model

Evolution of fabric-induced anisotropy

Sea ice dynamics; motion of ice packs

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Manchester

Award Date: 5 Jul 1958

Bachelor of Science, University of Manchester

Award Date: 5 Jul 1955

External positions

Senior Scientific Officer, Fort Halstead


Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Manchester


Stanford Research Institute


Research Associate in Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University