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Bengt U. Sonnerup

Bengt U. Sonnerup

Sydney E. Junkins 1887 Professor of Engineering, Emeritus



Bengt Sonnerup joined Thayer School in 1964 and remained on the regular faculty until 2000. "I fell in love with the look and feel of the Dartmouth campus," said Sonnerup. "... And, of course, the opportunity to join [Millett Morgan's radiophysics lab] doing cutting edge research in space physics was very appealing."

Professor Sonnerup's research has focused on the study of magnetohydrodynamics and plasma physics in the region surrounding the earth's magnetopause, and he is the author or coauthor of over 120 papers in that field. At Thayer School he has taught fluid dynamics, electromagnetics, distributed systems and fields, dynamics, transport processes, and applied mathematics, and was instrumental in developing parts of the current undergraduate engineering sciences core curriculum.


Field theory; fluid mechanics; plasma physics; magnetohydrodynamics; space research.



Physics of the Magnetopause

Physics of the Magnetopause

P. Song, B.U.Ö. Sonnerup, M.F. Thomsen

American Geophysical Union, 1995

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Professional Activities


In Dartmouth Engineer Magazine