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Bowen Portrait Unveiling

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On the afternoon of Sunday 1st December, Prof. Jonathan Bowen (1974, Engineering) graciously gifted a photographic portrait of his grandfather, Dr. E J ‘Ted’ Bowen, to the Master and the Fellows of the College.

 

William Roth, Director of Development and Fellow, reports:

 

"Can a College ever have too many Bowens?  Such was the question that I posed after having attended the small, but intimate ceremony that was held in the Bowen room in College on Sunday, 1 Dec.  That afternoon Prof. Jonathan P. Bowen, FBCS, FRSA (1974, Engineering) graciously gifted a photographic portrait of his grandfather, Dr. E J ‘Ted’ Bowen, to the Master and the Fellows of the College. 

 

The donated portrait of Dr. Bowen was taken in 1954 by famed photographer Walter E. Stoneman MBE and is in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, London.  The younger Prof. Bowen decided to donate the stately representation of his grandfather in honour of his own daughter, Alice Bowen (2008, Biochemstry), who recently become another Dr. Bowen, herself having earned a D. Phil.   

 

‘Ted’ Bowen was a true polymath and became a Fellow of University College in 1922 after distinguished service in World War I.  He served the College until his retirement in 1965 as its Chemistry tutor and in a variety of administrative roles throughout his 43 years as an ordinary Fellow.  In total, the elder Dr. Bowen was associated with UNIV for 59 years, having been named an Honorary Fellow of the College in 1965.  He was named a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1935 and was awarded the Davy Medal in 1963.  Ted Bowen was awarded his Davy Medal from the Royal Society of London, “in recognition of his distinguished work on the elucidation of photochemical reactions, and for his study of fluorescence and phosphorescence in relation to the molecular processes concerned." 

 

In the presence of family, Lady Crewe, and emeritus Fellows George Cawkwell and David Bell, old stories were shared about the elder Dr. Bowen and some new stories about the youngest Dr. Bowen were recounted by the younger Prof. Bowen.  If it is a bit confusing to keep track of these Drs and Professors Bowen, no worries, suffice it to say that the Master accepted the benefaction and raised a glass to the all the Bowens (‘Ted, Jonathan and Alice) of UNIV.  So, can you have too many Bowens, well possibly, but not at UNIV!"