|Alma mater||University of Bristol|
|Institutions||DAMTP, University of Cambridge|
|Doctoral advisor||W. Noel Cottingham|
|Doctoral students||João Magueijo|
Davis was a graduate student at Bristol University, under the supervision of W. Noel Cottingham. She obtained her doctorate in 1975. Following postdoctoral positions at Durham University and Imperial College, Davis worked overseas at CERN in Geneva (where she became the first female theoretician) 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.
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." .
She then became the only woman at her school to pursue A-levels in mathematics, physics, and chemistry.
- 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