Martin Davis (mathematician)

Martin David Davis (born March 8, 1928) is an American mathematician, known for his work on Hilbert's tenth problem.[1][2]

Martin Davis
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Born (1928-03-08) March 8, 1928 (age 93)
Alma materPrinceton University
Known forDavis–Putnam algorithm
DPLL algorithm
work on Hilbert's tenth problem
AwardsChauvenet Prize (1975)
Scientific career
InstitutionsNew York University
ThesisOn the Theory of Recursive Unsolvability (1950)
Doctoral advisorAlonzo Church
Doctoral studentsMoshe Koppel, Donald W. Loveland


Davis's parents were Jewish immigrants to the US from Łódź, Poland, and married after they met again in New York City. Davis grew up in the Bronx, where his parents encouraged him to obtain a full education.[1][2]

He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1950, where his advisor was Alonzo Church.[1][2][3] He is Professor Emeritus at New York University.


Davis is the co-inventor of the Davis–Putnam algorithm and the DPLL algorithms. He is also known for his model of Post–Turing machines, and his work on Hilbert's tenth problem leading to the MRDP theorem.

Awards and honorsEdit

In 1975, Davis won the Leroy P. Steele Prize, the Chauvenet Prize (with Reuben Hersh), and in 1974 the Lester R. Ford Award for his expository writing related to his work on Hilbert's tenth problem.[2][4] He became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1982,[2] and in 2012, he was selected as one of the inaugural fellows of the American Mathematical Society.[5]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Davis, Martin (1958). Computability and Unsolvability. New York: Dover. ISBN 0-486-61471-9.
  • Davis, Martin (1977). Applied nonstandard analysis. New York: Wiley. ISBN 9780471198970.
  • Davis, Martin; Weyuker, Elaine J.; Sigal, Ron (1994). Computability, complexity, and languages: fundamentals of theoretical computer science (2nd ed.). Boston: Academic Press, Harcourt, Brace. ISBN 9780122063824.
  • Davis, Martin (2000). Engines of logic: mathematicians and the origin of the computer. New York: Norton. ISBN 9780393322293.
  • Davis, Martin (1973), "Hilbert's Tenth Problem is Unsolvable", American Mathematical Monthly, 80(3), 233–269.
  • Davis, Martin (1995), "Is mathematical insight algorithmic", Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 13(4), 659–60.

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