Morris S. DAVIS

Morehead Professor of Astronomy (Emeritus)
University of North Carolina
404 Estes Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-7629, USA

1. Born in:

USA, on 14 December 1919.

2. Studies:

I got my Ph. D. in Astronomy in 1950, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, majoring in
Celestial Mechanics with Dirk Brouwer.

3. Some personal data:

My father, Nathan Samuel Davis, was born in Piatra Neamt in 1893. He worked in Bucharest in his
teens and then left for the United States where he and his father earned enough money so that
the remainder of his family could emigrate. He had many relatives there who mostly emigrated to
the United States, but a number of them emigrated to Palestine and later relatives emigrated to
Israel. I am married to a potter and we have six children ages 45 to 55 plus 10 grandchildren
from 7 years of age to 25. My son is a psychiatrist, then follow five daughters who are,
respectively, a clinical psychologist, social worker, musician (cellist), musician (violist) and
social worker.

4. Most important activities:

I have taught at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, University of Kentucky,
Lexinfton, Kentucky, Yale and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C. I was director
of the Yale University Computer Center for 10 years and director of the Triangle Universities
Computation Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, from 1966 to 1970, where I helped
develop a large network of computers that included the University of North Carolina in Chapel
Hill, North Carolina State University in Raleigh and Duke University in Durham, N.C. I was the
editor of the journal "Celestial Mechanics" from 1985 to 1989.

5. Scientific fellowship:

International Astronomical Union
American Astronomical Society, Division on Dynamical Astronomy

6. Other information:

I am listed in American Men and Women of Science