Person: Davenport, Harold
Harold Davenport worked on number theory, in particular the geometry of numbers, Diophantine approximation and the analytic theory of numbers. He wrote a number of important textbooks and monographs including _The higher arithmetic _ (1952).
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
 Harold attended Accrington Grammar School from the age of about ten years.
 There were other subjects which interested Harold too, for he loved reading and read every Dickens classic that he could borrow from the local Public Library.
 Davenport was most attracted by Littlewood's lectures on the theory of primes and those of Besicovitch on almost periodic functions.
 Davenport wrote a Ph.D. thesis at Cambridge under Littlewood's supervision.
 Those who interacted with Davenport included Richard Rado, Hirsch, Courant, Taussky (later TausskyTodd), Kober and Mahler.
 In 1941 Davenport was appointed to the chair of mathematics at the University College of North Wales at Bangor.
 Harold and Anne left Wales and moved to London in 1945 when Davenport succeeded Jeffery as Astor professor of mathematics in University College, London.
 At this time Davenport worked mainly on the geometry of numbers and on Diophantine approximation; he also acquired a lasting interest in problems of packing and covering.
 In 1958 Davenport returned to Cambridge as Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics on the retirement of Besicovitch.
 Davenport worked on number theory, in particular the geometry of numbers, Diophantine approximation and the analytic theory of numbers.
 We mentioned above that Davenport had been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society while still an assistant lecturer.
 Always a heavy smoker (he tried to give up the habit several times but always failed), Davenport succumbed to lung cancer at a young age.
Born 30 October 1907, Huncoat, Lancashire, England. Died 9 June 1969, Cambridge, England.
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