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Biographical entry Bowen, Edward George (1911 - 1991)


14 January 1911
Swansea, Wales
12 August 1991


Edward Bowen was Chief of the Division of Radiophysics CSIR/O, Sydney 1946-1971 and was Chairman of the Anglo-Australian Telescope Board 1967-1973. Earlier he was a member of the U.K. radar development team 1935-1943.


Born Swansea, Wales, 14 January 1911. Died Sydney, 12 August 1991. OBE 1941, CBE 1962. Educated University of Wales (BSc 1930, MSc 1931) and King's College London (PhD 1934). Member, UK radar development team 1935; Air Ministry Research Station, Bawdsey, England 1936-40; British Air Commission, Washington 1940-42; research physicist, MIT Radiation Laboratory, USA 1943; CSIR/O Division of Radiophysics 1944-71, chief of Division 1946-71; Counsellor (Scientific), Australian Embassy, Washington 1973-76. Chairman, Anglo-Australian Telescope Board 1967-73. Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1957, Fellow, Royal Society 1975. Chairman, Joint Policy Committee of the Anglo-Australian Telescope 1967-1971; Chairman, Anglo-Australian Telescope Board 1971-1973; Fellow and first President, Australian Institute of Navigation.

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Edward George Bowen - Records, 1935 - 1972, DeB 609; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

Published resources


  • Bowen, Edward George, Radar Days (Bristol: Adam Hilger, 1987), xiv, 231 p pp. Author. Details
  • The Radiophysics Laboratory Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, A Textbook of Radar (Sydney; London: Angus & Robertson, 1947), 579 pp. Author of Chapter 1. Details

Book Sections

  • Bowen, E. G., 'The origins of radio astronomy in Australia' in The early years of radio astronomy: reflections fifty years after Jansky's discovery, Sullivan, W. T., ed. (Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1984), pp. 85-112. Details
  • Minnett, H. C., 'Edward George Bowen, 1911-1991' in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004). Details

Edited Books

  • Bowen, Edward George ed., A textbook of radar: a collective work (London: Cambridge University Press, 1954), 617 pp. Author. Details

Journal Articles

  • Bowen, E. G., 'The Prehistory of the Parkes 64-m telescope', Proceedings of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 4 (2) (1981), 267-273. Details
  • Brown, R. Hanbury; Minnett, Harry C; White, Fredrick W. G., 'Edward George Bowen 1911-1991', Historical Records of Australian Science, 9 (2) (1992), 151-166. Details


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