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Adrian Bowyer /ˈbjər/ is an English engineer and mathematician, formerly an academic at the University of Bath.

Adrian Bowyer
Born 1952
Nationality English
Citizenship United Kingdom
Alma mater Imperial College London
Known for RepRap, Voronoi Diagram
Adrian talking about the RepRap Project at Poptech 2007

Born in 1952 in London, Bowyer is the older child of the late Rosemary and John Bowyer; the latter was a writer, painter and one of the founders of Zisman, Bowyer and Partners, consulting engineers. Bowyer was educated at Woodroffe School,[1] Lyme Regis and Imperial College London.

In 1977 he joined the Mathematics Department at the University of Bath. Shortly after that he received a doctorate from Imperial College London for research in friction-induced vibration. Whilst working in the Mathematics Department he invented (at the same time as David Watson) the algorithm for computing Voronoi diagrams that bears their names (the Bowyer–Watson algorithm).

A timelapse video of a robot model (logo of Make magazine) being printed using fused deposition modeling on a RepRapPro Fisher printer, a company that Bowyer was a director of.

He then spent twenty-two years as a lecturer then senior lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Bath. He retired from academic life in 2012, though he is still a director of the company RepRap Ltd[2] He invented the RepRap Project – an open-source self-replicating 3D printer. The Guardian said of this, "[RepRap] has been called the invention that will bring down global capitalism, start a second industrial revolution and save the environment..."[3]

In 2017 Bowyer received the 3D Printing Industry Outstanding Contribution to 3D Printing Award [4] and was inducted into the TCT Hall of Fame [5].

His wife is a retired school teacher; they have one adult daughter.


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