Adrian Bowyer

Senior lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Bath

Adrian Bowyer is a British engineer and mathematician, currently an academic at the University of Bath. He 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.

Adrian Bowyer was educated at Woodroffe School, 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 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).

He is currently a senior lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Bath. Here 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..."