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Davis, Chandler

Entry updated 17 October 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1926-2022) US mathematician, academic and author, in Canada from 1960, after serving a short prison term for refusing to testify to the House Un-American Activities Committee and subsequently losing his position as professor at the University of Michigan; in 1991, the university initiated the annual Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic Freedom (Mark Nickerson and Clement Markert had also been dismissed after refusing to testify). As a mathematician, he published many influential papers.

Davis's fiction career was restricted to short stories, both under his full name and under the working name of Chan Davis, beginning with "The Nightmare" in Astounding for May 1946, in which he advocated the decentralization of industry to prepare for World War Three. He became inactive after about 1970 – "The Names of Yanils" (Spring 1994 Crank!), originally designed as a contribution to «The Last Dangerous Visions», had been held for two decades by Harlan Ellison before it was released. It Walks in Beauty: Selected Prose of Chandler Davis (coll 2010) assembles his best work, including the title story "It Walks in Beauty" (January 1958 Star Science Fiction Magazine) and "The Names of Yanils", plus a 2003 interview. [JC]

Horace Chandler Davis

born Ithaca, New York: 12 August 1926

died Toronto, Ontario: 24 September 2022



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