William Selkirk Owen

Biography of William Selkirk Owen

William Selkirk Owen, Matricualtion 1904-05
William Selkirk Owen, Matricualtion 1904-05

William Selkirk Owen graduated BSc from the University in 1907. He was born on 16 July 1884 in Athens, Georgia, son of Wyatt Owen, a builder and contractor.

Owen enrolled at the University in 1904, attending classes in Natural Philosophy, Applied Mathematics, Naval Architecture, and Engineering. He was awarded a First-Class Certificate for Natural Philosophy under Professor Andrew Gray, and for Physical Laboratory in 1904.

Owen graduated BSc in Naval Architecture on 19 April 1907. He returned to the USA, working as a naval draughtsman in Manhatten, New York. In 1928, Owen was appointed Professor of Naval Architecture and Dean of Faculty at Webb Institute, New York, a position he held for 22 years.

Professor Owen died in New York on 19 December 1964, and the William Selkirk Owen Award was established that year in his memory; the highest award given to a graduate in recognition of outstanding achievement and service to the profession and his/her Alma Mater.


William Selkirk Owen
Born 16 July 1884.
Died 19 December 1964.
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
GU Degree: BSc, 1907; Science and Engineering,
Occupation categories: academic deans; naval architects
Record last updated: 26th Jun 2013

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