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Bangor University
Papers relating to Edwin Augustine Owen

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS EOW

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Papers relating to Edwin Augustine Owen

Short Title: Papers relating to Edwin Augustine Owen

Creation date(s): 1937 February 22-ca. 1970

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 3 items

Name of creator(s): Not known


Administrative/Biographical history: Edwin Augustine Owen (1887-1973) was Professor of Physics at the University College of North Wales from 1926 to 1954. He was born at Blaenau Ffestiniog, north Wales, educated at Ffestiniog Grammar School and University College, Bangor. On being awarded the 1851 Exhibition Scholarship he did important work on Roentgen rays and radioactivity at the Cavandish Laboratory under Professor J.J. Thompson. In 1912 he was appointed to the staff of the National Physical Laboratory in the Department of Metrology and on joining University College London continued his research interest on x-rays and atomic physics. In 1926 he was appointed to the Chair of Physics at Bangor where he established an internationally recognised research facility in metal physics. He was awarded the Roentgen Award in 1927, was Silvanus Thompson Medallist in 1945 and was vice-president of the Institute of Physics 1957-59.
In addition to his scientific achievements, Professor Owen made other significant contributions to the local community, notably as Chairman of the North Wales District Workers' Educational Association in 1946-56, member of the Welsh Regional Hospital Board and Chairman of the Board of Governors, Bangor Grammar Schools. He broadcast several times in Welsh on scientific topics and was inducted to the Gorsedd of Bards. He was acting Principal of the University College, Bangor in 1945-46.


Scope and content/abstract: Comprises: Letter from D. Emrys Evans, Principal of University College North Wales, to Edwin Owen regarding the non publication of an article by the latter in Y Cymro , 1937 Photograph of Edwin Owen, 2 copies, taken ca. 1940-50


Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Material is arranged in chronological order and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Conditions governing access: Open to all users

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids: Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 26517, 32897-8

Language codes: eng


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material: Also held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor are the Papers of Edwin Augustine Owen which have not yet been catalogued. In addition the Department holds BBC Radio Scripts , which contains an item relating to Professor Edwin Owen, reference number: 14281 .


Note: Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, April 2002.

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

College teachers | Wales
College teachers | Wales | Bangor
Physicists | Great Britain | 20th century

Personal names
Owen , Edwin Augustine , 1887-1973

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