Don Bowes

Biography of Don Bowes

Professor Donald Ralph Bowes DIC FRSE, was Professor of Geology and Emeritus Professor in the Department of Geographical and Earth Sciences.

Born in Brighton, Australia, he attended the University of Adelaide and received a BSc in Geology and Chemistry in 1945, First Class Honours in Mineralogy and Petrology in 1946, and MSc in 1948. He was Tate Medallist for 1948 in the University of Adelaide. He then attended Imperial College London where he obtained his DIC and PhD in 1950.

He returned to Adelaide in 1950 to take up a Lectureship in Geology until 1953, when he was appointed Lecturer in Geology at the University College of Swansea. He came to the University of Glasgow in 1956 when he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Geology. He was a Fulbright Scholar and spent a sabbatical year in Columbia University, New York in 1966. He was awarded a DSc in 1968, became a Reader in 1972, Professor of Geology in 1975, and an Emeritus Professor and Honorary Research Fellow in 1991. He continued to publish, writing up the unpublished work of his PhD students.

He was a Fellow of the Geological Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and member of the Geologists' Association. In 1998 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Faculty of Science on the 650th Anniversary of the founding of Charles University, Prague, and in 2003 the award of the Emanuel Borickuy Medal for 'fundamental contributions to the development of mineralogy and petrology'.

Professor Bowes passed away on 3rd November 2021.


Don Bowes

Born 9 September 1926.
Died 3 November 2021.
University Link: Professor
GU Degree: DSc, 1968;
Occupation categories: geologists
Record last updated: 2nd Dec 2021

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