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Professor E Brian Davies
Brian Davies

Professor E Brian Davies

  • Emeritus staff

Emeritus Professor in Analysis and Fellow of the Royal Society

Research subject areas

  • Mathematics

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E Brian Davies was awarded a first class degree in Mathematics at the University of Oxford in 1965 and a D Phil., also at Oxford, in 1968, when he was also awarded the Senior Mathematical Prize for that year. After two years in the USA, at Princeton and MIT, he took up a permanent position as a Tutorial Fellow at St John’s College, Oxford. From 1973 he was a University Lecturer at the University of Oxford.

In 1981 Davies was appointed Professor of Mathematics at King's College London, where he remained until his official retirement in 2010. He was Head of Department between 1990 and 1993.

He was the founding Editor of the London Mathematical Society Student Texts between 1983 and 1990, and the founding Editor of the Journal of Spectral Theory, published by the European Mathematical Society, from 2010 to 2014.

In March 1995 Davies was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, in recognition of his seminal work in spectral theory and particularly on the heat kernels of diffusion equations, both of which were of great relevance in quantum theory and other fields. In June 1996 he was elected a Fellow of King's College London.

In June 1998 he was awarded the Senior Berwick Prize by the London Mathematical Society and was President of this society for two years between 2007 and 2009. In 2011 he was awarded the Polya Prize by the London Mathematical Society.

As well as producing over two hundred research papers, Davies has published five monographs and two popular books on the philosophy of mathematics and science.


Research Interests

  • Most aspects of spectral theory
  • Non-self-adjoint operators
  • Operator theory/functional analysis
  • Elliptic partial differential operators
  • Schrodinger operators/quantum theory
  • History and philosophy of science

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