Penny J. Davies

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Penelope Jane Davies OBE is a Scottish mathematician who in 2009 became the second female president of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society, after Elizabeth McHarg.[1][2] Her research involves numerical simulation of the partial differential equations describing wave scattering. She is a senior lecturer in mathematics and statistics at the University of Strathclyde.[3]

Davies earned her Ph.D. in 1987 from Heriot-Watt University; her dissertation was Stability problems in nonlinear elasticity.[4] She was on the staff of the University of Dundee before moving to the University of Strathclyde.[5]

Davies was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire "for services to mathematics" in the 2014 Birthday Honours.[6]


  1. ^ "Edinburgh Mathematical Society – Presidents", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews, retrieved 2018-10-12
  2. ^ Hoyles, Celia (December 2017), "Female Presidents for Three Maths Societies", Mathematics Today, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
  3. ^ Dr Penny Davies: Senior Lecturer, University of Strathclyde, retrieved 2018-10-12
  4. ^ Davies, Penny J. (1987), Stability problems in nonlinear elasticity, Doctoral dissertation
  5. ^ Griffiths, D. F.; Higham, D. J.; Watson, G. A., "Preface", Proceedings the 17th Biennial Dundee Conference on Numerical Analysis, June 24-27 1997
  6. ^ "In full: Queen's Birthday Honours List", The Scotsman, 14 June 2014