Authorised form of nameDavies; Donald Watts (1924 - 2000)
Dates1924 - 2000
Place of birthTreorchy, Wales
Date of birth07/06/1924
Place of deathLondon
Date of death28/05/2000
Research fieldComputer science
School in Portsmouth; Imperial College, London. BSc (1943, Physics), BSc (1947, Mathematics)
Assistant to Klaus Fuchs, atomic research, Birmingham University and worked at ICI Billingham (between degrees); joined National Physical Laboratory in the ACE digital computer team (1947) and worked with Alan Turing (FRS 1951); technical manager, advanced computer techniques project (1963); Superintendent, autonomics division, NPL (1966-1979); devised packet-switching; led work on data security at NPL (1979-1984); retired, continuing as a data security consultant; author of 'Computer networks and their protocols' (1973); visiting Professor, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College (1987)
CBE 1983
Distinguished Fellow, British Computer Society (1975)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election19/03/1987
Age at election62
RelationshipsMarried (1955) Diane Burton; one daughter, two sons
Obituary, The Times 31 May 2000
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 2002 vol 48 pp 87-96, plate, by R M Needham FREng FRS
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA2800
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1987/06Davies, Donald Watts: certificate of election to the Royal Society1985
HWT/25/7Correspondence and papers regarding premature return to China (due to Cultural Revolution) of Chinese research workers in BritainJanuary - September 1967
IM/GA/GGRS/8488Davies, Donald Watts1987
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