Alan Davies (mathematician)

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Alan Davies
Born 1945 (age 70–71)
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Southampton
Spouse Dianne Crann

Alan Davies (born 1945) was a British professor of mathematics at the University of Hertfordshire.[1] He was the head of the School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics until he retired in 2007. He was then a Professor of Mathematics, and was responsible for the department’s outreach work being heavily involved with working with bright young mathematicians in primary and secondary schools. Together with his wife, Dr Diane Crann, he ran the Hertfordshire Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclass series at the University of Hertfordshire.

Alan is a Trustee of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Alan has a general interest in all areas of mathematics but his specific area is mathematics applied to engineering and the physical sciences. He regularly gives public lectures, aimed at a general audience ages 8 to 108, on applied mathematics and physics.

His research interest is in the area of numerical computation and he has over 100 relevant publications. In particular he and Diane have collaborated for the past fifteen years developing boundary element solutions to diffusion problems. They are particularly interested in the use of the Laplace transform and domain decomposition approaches.

Davies graduated from the University of Southampton in mathematics in 1968 before gaining a master's degree in structural engineering in 1974 and a doctorate in numerical computation in 1988 from Imperial College London.[2][3]


  1. ^ "FMSP KS4 Enrichment Day—University of Hertfordshire" (pdf). East of England Regional Newsletter - FMSP East of England Events and Updates. Further mathematics Support. Spring 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Trustee Profile - Prof Alan Davies". The Royal Institution of Great Britain. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Davies, Alan (17 March 2011). "Professor Alan Davies - Brief CV" (pdf). The Royal Institution of Great Britain. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 


  • Alan Davies and Philip Samuels (1996). An Introduction to Computational Geometry for Curves and Surfaces. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-853695-X. 
  • Alan Davies and Diane Crann (2005). A Handbook of Essential Mathematical Formulae. University Of Hertfordshire Press. ISBN 1-902806-41-7.