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Biographical entry Bowden, Frank Philip (1903 - 1968)


2 May 1903
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
3 September 1968
Cambridge, England


Frank Bowden was Professor of Surface Physics, University of Cambridge and Director of Surface Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory.


Born Hobart, 2 May 1903. Died Cambridge, 3 September 1968. CBE 1956. Educated Universities of Tasmania (BSc 1925, MSc 1927, DSc 1931) and Cambridge (PhD 1929, ScD 1938). Research scholar, University of Tasmania 1926; 1851 Exhibition Scholar 1927-28, senior scholar 1929-31; demonstrator in chemistry, University of Cambridge 1931-37, lecturer in physical chemistry 1937-39; Officer-in-charge, Lubricants & Bearings Section, CSIR, Melbourne 1939-45; reader, physical chemistry, Cambridge 1946-57, reader in physics 1957-66, professor of surface physics 1966-68. FRS 1948, Rumford Medal 1956.

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  • McLaren, Alex C.; Spink, J. A., 'Bowden, Frank Philip (1903-1968), Chemist and Physical Chemist', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 13, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993, pp. 228-229. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • Greenwood, Norman N. and Spink, John A., 'An Antipodean Laboratory of Remarkable Distinction', Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, vol. 57, 2003, pp. 85-105. Details
  • Spink, J. A., 'Frank Philip Bowden - Scientific Entrepreneur', Chemistry in Australia, May, 1989, pp. 157-160. Details

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McCarthy, G.J.