Elected F.R.S. 1966
Bob Davies was born at Barton–upon–Irwell, Lancaster, to Willian Owen Davies and Clarice Stella Davies (née Spencer) on 17 August 1919. His only sibling is a brother two years older, Arton Owen Davies. His father worked at a chemical factory, the Clayton Aniline Works in M's Educational Association, but only after raising her children did Stella Davies return to school and earn an MA and PhD at Manchester University. She obtained a position as a historian in the extramural staff of the university.