Anne-Christine Davis

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Anne-Christine Davis
Alma materUniversity of Bristol
Scientific career
FieldsCosmology, Astrophysics
InstitutionsDAMTP, University of Cambridge
Doctoral advisorW. Noel Cottingham
Doctoral studentsJoão Magueijo
WebsiteCambridge website

Anne-Christine Davis is a British theoretical physicist and professor of cosmology at the University of Cambridge. Her research mainly concerns cosmology, astrophysics and string theory.

Davis was a graduate student at Bristol University, under the supervision of W. Noel Cottingham. She obtained her doctorate in 1975.[1] Following postdoctoral positions at Durham University and Imperial College, Davis worked overseas at CERN in Geneva (where she became the first female theoretician)[2] and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Since 1983 she has held positions at DAMTP, Cambridge, and King's College, Cambridge. Since 2002 she has been Professor of Mathematical Physics at DAMTP. She is a member of the General Board and the Council of the University of Cambridge.[3]

Davis' recent work has focused on particle cosmology, in particular investigating the chameleon theory and its relation to f(R) theory.[2]

Early life[edit]

Davis first became interested in science at the age of five.

When I first started school, the teacher put flash cards up: A is for apple, B is for banana, C is for I can't remember what, to teach us all the alphabet. Fine, okay. Then she did it again. And I thought, "That's strange. She's done that once. We all know this now, why's she doing it again?" And the teacher picked this up, that I had learnt my alphabet first time round, and gave me a bucket of water and a pipette to play with. And I learnt a little bit about specific gravity. And I thought, "Oh, I want to be a scientist. This is fun." .[2]

She then became the only woman at her school to pursue A-levels in mathematics, physics, and chemistry.[2]

Positions by year [3][edit]

  • 2014 University Gender Equality Champion for STEMM subjects
  • 2013 Professor of Mathematical Physics (1967), DAMTP, Cambridge University
  • 2002-2013 Professor of Theoretical Physics, DAMTP, Cambridge University
  • 1996-2000 Reader in Theoretical Physics DAMTP
  • 1995-1996 ADR -- DAMTP
  • 1988-1995 College Teaching Officer, Kings College Cambridge
  • 1983-1988 Research Council Advanced Fellow, DAMTP Cambridge University
  • 1982-1983 Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA
  • 1980-1982 Fellow, Theory Division, CERN, Geneva
  • 1978-1980 Postdoctoral research associate in theoretical physics, Blackett Physics Laboratory Imperial College, London
  • 1976-1978 Postdoctoral research associate in theoretical physics, Mathematics Department, Durham University

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anne-Christine Davis at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ a b c d "Women of mathematics: Anne-Christine Davis". Plus Magazine. April 12, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "DAMTP Professor Anne-Christine Davis". damtp.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-11.