Professor Clive Greated

Key Research Areas: Laser Doppler Anemometry, Photon Correlation Spectroscopy, Speckle Photography and Particle Image Velocimetry techniques for the measurement of flow and sound fields. Fluid dynamic theory and measurement of turbulent flows and water waves and application to dispersion, forces on structures and wave energy devices.

Contact Details

Prof. Clive Greated, Room 7310, James Clerk Maxwell Building, Kings Buildings, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH9 3JZ
t: (+44) 0131 650 5232
f: (+44) 0131 650 5902


Clive Greated is Senior Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. He was born in 1940 and obtained his BSc, PhD and DSc degrees from London, Southampton and City universities respectively. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1983. Prior to coming to Edinburgh he was an engineer in Denmark, Whitworth Fellow at Emanuel College, Cambridge and Lecturer in Mathematics at Southampton University.

The results of much of his early research into the theory and application of Laser Doppler systems are published in the English and Russian editions of the book Laser Systems of Flow Measurement, Durrani and Greated 1977. His research into the dynamics of ocean waves and the resulting forces on marine structures and wave energy devices has lead to consultancy work with oil companies such as Shell, Britoil and BP. Recent research mainly relates to the applications of laser measuring systems to the study of sound fields and flow/sound interaction.

His semi-professional career as a musician dates back to the age of 14 when he started playing saxophone with big bands in the London area. After moving to Scotland he turned mainly to playing keyboards, accompanying cabaret artists in clubs in and around Edinburgh and Glasgow. He is currently keyboard player for the Edinburgh-based band Obsession.

He holds Licentiate teaching diplomas in piano and flute from the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity Colleges of Music. Images from his music teaching, performance and composition are shown at

Clive has published three books and 128 peer reviewed papers in journals and books. A complete list of his peer review papers can be found at:


  • Musical Instruments: History, Technology and Performance.

    D. M. Campbell, C. A. Greated and A. Myers.

    Oxford University Press,


  • The Musician’s Guide to Acoustics.

    D. M. Campbell and C. A. Greated.

    Oxford University Press,

    (1987, repr. 1998).

  • Laser Systems in Flow Measurement.

    T. S. Durrani and C. A. Greated.

    Plenum, New York,