James H. Davenport

James Harold Davenport (born 15 October 1953) is a British computer scientist who works in computer algebra. Having done his PhD and early research at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, he is the Hebron and Medlock Professor of Information Technology at the University of Bath in Bath, England.[1][3]

James Davenport
James Davenport in 2001
James Harold Davenport

(1953-10-15) 15 October 1953
Scientific career
Computer algebra systems[1]
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
University of Bath
ThesisOn the integration of algebraic functions (1979)
Doctoral advisorJohn Peter Fitch
Arthur Charles Norman[2]

Early Work & Education

In 1969, the team that developed the ATM at IBM Hursley (UK) used parts from that project to build an IBM School Computer, as a community outreach project, and it toured the region. When it came to James Davenport’s school, he (at age 16) discovered that, although it was ostensibly a six-digit computer, the microcode had access to a 12-digit internal register to do multiply/divide. He therefore used this to implement Draim's algorithm from his father's book, The Higher Arithmetic, and was testing eight-digit numbers for primality until the teacher’s patience wore out. [4] He worked in a government laboratory for nine months, again writing and using multiword arithmetic, but also using his knowledge of number theory to solve a problem in hashing, which earned him his first published paper at 18. He went to Cambridge University (Bachelor’s in 1974, Master’s in 1978, and PhD in 1980), to IBM Yorktown Heights for a year, back to Cambridge as a Research Fellow, to Grenoble for a year, before going to the relatively new University of Bath "for a couple of years" in 1983. [5]


Davenport is an author of a textbook about computer algebra and of many papers.[6][7][8][9] He has been Project Chair of the European OpenMath Project and its successor Thematic Network, with responsibilities for aligning OpenMath and MathML, producing Content Dictionaries and supervised a Reduce-based OpenMath/MathML translator, and was Treasurer of the European Mathematical Trust. He was Founding Editor-in-Chief of the London Mathematical Society's Journal of Computation and Mathematics.[10]

Awards & Honors

Davenport was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in September 2019 by the West University of Timişoara, Romania. This was in recognition of his pioneering and ongoing work in computer algebra systems and theory of symbolic computation.

In 2014, Davenport was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy.

He was awarded the Bronze Medal of the University of Helsinki in 2001.

Personal life

Davenport is the son of Harold Davenport.

Davenport was (January-June 2017) a Fulbright CyberSecurity Scholar at New York University [11] and maintained a blog [12] over the same period.


  1. James H. Davenport publications indexed by Google Scholar
  2. James H. Davenport at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. James H. Davenport's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  4. http://www.computingreviews.com/browse/browse_reviewers.cfm?reviewer_id=107523
  5. http://www.computingreviews.com/browse/browse_reviewers.cfm?reviewer_id=107523
  6. Davenport, James Harold. On the integration of algebraic functions. Berlin ; New York : Springer, 1981. 197 p. ; 25 cm. ISBN 978-0-387-10290-0 (paperback)
  7. Computer algebra : systems and algorithms for algebraic computation / J.H. Davenport, Y. Siret, E. Tournier ; translated from the French by A. Davenport and J.H. Davenport. London : San Diego : Academic Press, 1988. xix, 267 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. ISBN 978-0-12-204230-0
  8. EUROCAL ’87 : European Conference on Computer Algebra, Leipzig, GDR, June 2–5, 1987 : proceedings / J.H. Davenport (ed.). Berlin ; New York : Springer-Verlag, c1989. viii, 499 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. ISBN 978-0-387-51517-5 (New York : acid-free paper) ISBN 978-3-540-51517-3 (Berlin : acid-free paper)
  9. Mathematical knowledge management : second international conference, MKM 2003, Bertinoro, Italy, February 16–18, 2003 : proceedings / Andrea Asperti, Bruno Buchberger, James H. Davenport (eds.).
  10. London Mathematical Society Journal of Computation and Mathematics: Editorial; Aims and Scope Archived December 16, 2010, at WebCite
  11. http://people.bath.ac.uk/masjhd/
  12. http://staff.bath.ac.uk/masjhd/blogplain.html
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