This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately from the article and its talk page, especially if potentially libelous.Find sources: "Paul Davis" programmer – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (July 2011) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

Paul Davis (formerly known as Paul Barton-Davis[1]) is a British-American[2] software developer best known for his work on audio software (JACK) for the Linux operating system, and for his role as one of the first two programmers at[3][4]

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.[5]

He immigrated 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,[6] and several smaller software companies in Seattle. While in Seattle, he helped to get off the ground during the period 1994–1996, making critical contributions to Amazon's backend systems alongside Shel Kaphan,[7][3] before subsequently moving to Philadelphia in 1996. In 2019 he moved with his wife to Galisteo, NM[8]

He went on to fund the development of various audio software for Linux, including Ardour[9] and the JACK Audio Connection Kit.[10] He works full-time on free software.

He is also an ultra-marathon runner and touring cyclist.


  1. ^ "Paul Davis (Was Paul Barton-Davis)".
  2. ^ "Interview with Paul Davis of Ardour about Ardour 6 and more".
  3. ^ a b "The Inner Bezos", Chip Bayers, Wired 7.02
  4. ^ Yu, Eileen (April 1, 2005). "What if the alphabet was patented?". ZDNet. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Paul Davis: an Ardour for the Challenge", Jun 01, 2009, Dave Phillips, Linux Journal
  6. ^ "Paul Davis" Archived 2014-09-22 at the Wayback Machine, Institut für Sprache und Kommunikation, Fachgebiet Audiokommunikation
  7. ^ Hartmans, Avery (16 March 2020). "Here's where Amazon's first 21 employees are now". Business Insider. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Paul Davis on the deep rewrite of Ardour".
  9. ^ "Ardour credits page".
  10. ^ "Open Source Awards 2004: Paul Davis for JACK".