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Tribute to departmental founder Alan Davies

Posted on 11/09/2013

It is with deep regret that the Department announces that Alan Davies died suddenly on September 7th, 2013. Alan was Senior Lecturer at Royal Holloway from 1967 and was one of the founders of our Computer Science department. He served as Head of Computer Science Department and played a crucial role in its development over the years.

Alan Davies worked at AWRE Aldermaston after postgraduate work in Theoretical Physics at UCL and was subsequently appointed to a lectureship in the Mathematics Department at Royal Holloway in 1967 and to a senior lectureship in the Computer Science Department in 1971. From 1969 to 1971 he was an associate professor in the Computer Science Department, University of Nebraska and from 1975 to 1976 he was a research associate at the University of Berkeley. He was also an adjunct professor at RIES, Wayne State University, Detroit from 1976 to 1981.

Alan was an excellent scientist with research interests in computer modelling of large scale scientific problems, especially in the field of laser optics and wave guides. Amongst his greatest strengths were his cheerful character and organisation abilities. Alan always spoke his mind and had little time for petty bureaucracy. He particularly liked working with young people and several generations of his students have gone to senior positions in universities and industry.

We will miss him as a colleague and friend.


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