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Adrian Bowyer studied mechanical engineering at Imperial College, graduating in 1973, and then researched his PhD in tribology there. In 1977 he moved to Bath University's Department of Mathematical Sciences to do work on stochastic computational geometry. In 1984 he was appointed as a lecturer in manufacturing in Bath's Department of Mechanical Engineering and was subsequently promoted to senior lecturer. He is now retired. Bowyer's main areas of research are geometric modelling and geometric computing in general (he is one of the creators of the Bowyer-Watson algorithm for Voronoi diagrams), the application of computers to manufacturing, the creation of smart hyDrophilic-polymer gels using affinity interactions, and the engineering use of biology, called Biomimetics. In Biomimetics he works on self-copying and self-assembly in engineering. He is the originator of the worldwide RepRap Project - a project that has created humanity's first general purpose self-replicating manufacturing machine. In 2017 he received the 3D Printing Industry's Outstanding Contribution to 3D Printing award.

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