Martin Davis


Martin Davis
This page is on the mathematician. For the former tennis player see Martin Davis (tennis).
Martin Davis

Photo courtesy George M. Bergman
Born 1928
New York City
Nationality American
Institutions New York University
Alma mater Princeton University
Doctoral advisor Alonzo Church
Known for Davis-Putnam algorithm
DPLL algorithm

Martin David Davis, (born 1928, New York City) is an American mathematician, known for his work on Hilbert's tenth problem (Jackson 2008, p. 560). He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1950, where his adviser was Alonzo Church (Jackson 2008, p. 560). He is Professor Emeritus at New York University. He is the co-inventor of the Davis-Putnam and the DPLL algorithms. He is a co-author, with Ron Sigal and Elaine J. Weyuker, of Computability, Complexity, and Languages, Second Edition: Fundamentals of Theoretical Computer Science, a textbook on the theory of computability. He is also known for his model of Post–Turing machines.

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Davis's parents knew each other in Łódź, Poland, but did not marry until they met again in New York City (Jackson 2008, p. 560). Davis grew up in the Bronx, where his parents encouraged him to obtain a full education (Jackson 2008, p. 561).

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