Professor Russell Davies

Professor Russell Davies

Honorary Distinguished Professor

School of Mathematics

+44 (0)29 2087 4827
M/2.55, 2nd Floor, Mathematics Institute, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, CF24 4AG

Administrative duties

  • Financial Matters/Financial Plan
  • Management of School
  • Staff Appraisal and Development
  • Strategic Plan/Annual Report
  • Teaching Loads
  • Chair of the School Management Committee
  • Member of School Admissions Committee
  • Member of School Research Committee
  • Member of School Staff/Student Panel
  • Member of School Teaching and Learning Committee


  • 1969 - BSc Hons Mathematics and Physics, King's College, London
  • 1971 - MSc (Mathematics), Oxford University, Balliol College
  • 1974 - D Phil (Mathematics), Oxford University, Balliol College
  • Scholarships - Thomas and Elizabeth Williams Scholar, 1970-73; Balliol College Graduate Award, 1971-1973


  • 1973-75: Atlas Research Fellow in Mathematics, Pembroke College Oxford and SERC Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory
  • 1976-85: Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, The University College of Wales, Aberystwyth
  • 1984: Visiting Fellow, Centre for Mathematical Analysis, Australian National University
  • 1984: Visiting Scientist, Division of Mathematics and Statistics, CSIRO, Canberra
  • 1984-86: Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, UCW, Aberystwyth
  • 1986: Visiting Fellow, Centre for Mathematical Analysis, Australian National University
  • 1986-90: Reader in Mathematics, UCW, Aberystwyth
  • 1990: Visiting Fellow, Centre for Mathematical Analysis, Australian National University
  • 1990-to date: Professor of Mathematics, UCW, Aberystwyth (now UWA)
  • 1990: Visiting Fellow, Department of Mathematics, Melbourne University
  • 1998: Visiting Scientist, CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences, Canberra
  • 2000: Visiting Scientist, CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences, Canberra
  • 2000-2003: Head of Department of Mathematics, UWA
  • 2006: Visiting Scientist, CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences, Canberra
  • 2006-to date: Head of the School of Mathematics, Cardiff University

Editorial boards and advisory committees

  • Editorial Board: Inverse Problems (1988-92)
  • Editorial Board: Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations, 1992-
  • Council: British Society of Rheology (1994 - 2000)
  • Scientific Committee: Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and System Engineering, 2000–2006
  • Scientific Committee: KTN for Industrial Mathematics 2007-


  • National Physical Laboratory, Teddington
  • Shell Research Limited, Thornton
  • RAPRA Technology, Shawbury
  • BICC Cables, Chester
  • Devro-Teepak Limited, Moodiesburn
  • Nestle Research Laboratory, Lausanne
  • Leaf UK, Southport
  • Unilever UK, Port Sunlight

Honours and awards

  • Annual Award, British Society of Rheology, 2005
  • President: Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, United Kingdom and Ireland, 2007-2009

Professional memberships

  • Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (MIMA, CMath)
  • London Mathematical Society
  • British Society of Rheology
  • SIAM
  • MA0122 Algebra I

Research interests

  • Inverse problems in materials characterization.
  • Numerical inversion of integral transforms.
  • Mechanics of time-dependent materials.
  • Mathematical problems in imaging science
  • Computational partial differential equations.

Research group

External funding since 2000

  • 2000-02: The computation of complex industrial EPSRC £49,800 non-Newtonian flows -JREI
  • 2000-4: Mathematical and Numerical Modelling of Leaf(UK) Confectionery Manufacture -EPSRC £38,500
  • 2000-3: Complex fluids and complex flows. EPSRC £583,000 UWS/UWA Platform Grant
  • 2001: Resource capital for complex fluids research HEFCW £100,000
  • 2002-7: Unilever Research Consultancy Unilever £70,000
  • 2004-6: SRIF2 Resource for Computational Fluid Dynamics HEFCW £650,000

Major conference talks since 2004

  • Aug 2004. Relating the Relaxation Spectrum to Wave Dispersion Data. VIIIth International Workshop on Time Dependent Materials, Bled.
  • Jan 2005. Wobble, Creep and Relaxation: Modelling Materials with Memory. SIAM UK-IE Meeting, Cork.
  • April 2005. Determining Creep and Relaxation Functions from a Single Experiment. AERC 2005, Grenoble.
  • October 2005. On Creep and Relaxation. Vth International Conference on Mechanics of Time Dependent Materials. Nagano, Japan.
  • August 2006. Recent advances in Linear Viscoelasticity. IXth International Workshop on Time Dependent Materials. Portoroz.