Paul Davis (formerly as Paul Barton-Davis[1]) is a British software developer best known for his work on (JACK) audio software for the Linux operating system, and for his role as one of the first two programmers at[1][2]

Davis grew up in the English Midlands and in London. After studying molecular biology and biophysics, he did post-graduate studies in computational biology at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot and EMBL in Heidelberg.[3]

He emigrated to the U.S. in 1989. He lived in Seattle for seven years, where he worked for the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Washington,[4] and several smaller software companies in Seattle - and he and Shel Kaphan became the two programmers who helped start, but left soon after the company began.[1] He moved to Philadelphia in 1996.

He went on to fund the development of various audio software for GNU/Linux, including Ardour and the JACK Audio Connection Kit. He works full-time on free software.

He is also an ultra-marathon and touring cyclist. High points have included the 298 mile Cannonball in 14:01, and a five-week tandem camping tour from Amsterdam to Athens.


  1. ^ a b "The Inner Bezos", Chip Bayers, Wired 7.02
  2. ^ Yu, Eileen (April 1, 2005). "What if the alphabet was patented?". ZDNet. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Paul Davis: an Ardour for the Challenge", Jun 01, 2009, Dave Phillips, Linux Journal
  4. ^ "Paul Davis", Institut für Sprache und Kommunikation, Fachgebiet Audiokommunikation

External links

  • Paul Davis' home page