Gideon Davies received his PhD from the University of Bristol in 1990 with postdoctoral research at EMBL Hamburg and CNRS Grenoble. In 1996 he received a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to work on Carbohydrate-Active Enzymes. He was made a Professor of the University of York in 2001.
Professor Davies has won many awards including the 2015 Davy Medal of the Royal Society, the 2014 Khorana Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the 2010 Gabor Medal of the Royal Society, the 2010 GlaxoSmithKline award of the Biochemical Society and the Whistler Prize of International Carbohydrate Organisation. Gideon was elected a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization and a Fellow of The Royal Society in 2010. In 2014 he was made a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.