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The Donald Davies Scholarship

Our newest scholarship pays £1,000 in the first year, renewable at the rate of £500 in the second, third and fourth (for MSci students) years (subject to end of year examination results).

All new undergraduate Computer Science applicants are considered for this scholarship. Selection is by the Admissions team and the Head of Department and will take place in October 2016, based on final school results.

This scholarship is named after the eminent computer scientist, the late Professor Davies, "the father of packet switching" who was associated with Royal Holloway's Department of Computer Science.

Donald Watts Davies, CBE, FRS 1924-2000

daviesdonaldDonald Watts Davies CBE, FRS was a British computer scientist who was a co-inventor of packet switching (and originator of the term).

Professor Davies was born in Treorchy in the Rhondda Valley, Wales. He received BSc degrees in physics (1943) and mathematics (1947) at Imperial College, London. In between the two degrees he worked at Birmingham University as an assistant to Klaus Fuchs.

He worked at the National Physical Laboratory at Teddington just outside London. From 1947, he worked with Alan Turing and indeed spotted mistakes in Turing's seminal 1936 paper On Computable Numbers, much to Turing's annoyance. These were perhaps some of the first "programming" errors in existence, even if they were for a theoretical computer, the universal Turing machine. He headed the NPL Autonomic Division from 1966 and worked on computer network security from the late 1970s.

Donald Davies began his association with the Computer Science Department at Royal Holloway during the appointment of Professor Tom Beth in 1984 as Head of Department, and became a Visiting Professor from 1987. At this time, his colleague Dr Wyn Price started the lecture course on cryptography which is still functioning in the guise of CS3760 (Information Security).

Professor Davies was appointed a CBE in 1983 and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1987. In his later life, Professor Davies concentrated on data security using the new method of public key cryptography. All the major British clearing banks used his group's services. He continued as a data security consultant until his death in 2000.


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