E. Brian Davies

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Brian Davies
Institutions University of Oxford
King's College London
Alma mater University of Oxford
Doctoral advisor David Edwards
Doctoral students David E. Evans
Notable awards Senior Berwick Prize

Edward Brian Davies FRS is Professor of Mathematics, King's College London (1981–), and author of the popular science book Science in the Looking Glass: What do Scientists Really Know.


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. 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 as 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.

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, 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. He was President of the London Mathematical Society in 2008 and 2009.

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



  • Davies, E. Brian (1976). Quantum Theory of Open Systems. Academic Press. ISBN 0-12-206150-0. 
  • Davies, E.B. (1980). One-Parameter Semigroups. London Math. Soc. Monograph series. Academic Press. ISBN 0-12-206280-9. 
  • Davies, E.B. (1989). Heat Kernels and Spectral Theory. Cambridge Tracts in Mathematics 92. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-36136-2. [1]
  • Davies, E.B. (1995). Spectral Theory and Differential Operators. Cambridge Studies in Advanced Mathematics 42. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-47250-4. 
  • Davies, E.B.; Safarov, Y. (1999). Spectral Theory and Geometry. London Math. Soc. Lecture Note Series 273. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-77749-6. 
  • Davies, E.B. (2003). Science in the Looking Glass. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-852543-5. 
  • Davies, E.B. (2007). Linear Operators and their Spectra. Cambridge Studies in Advanced Mathematics 106. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-86629-3. 


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