Collection K/PP87 - BOWEN, John Edmund (b 1885)

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BOWEN, John Edmund (b 1885)


  • 1911-1912 (Creation)

Level of description



2 volumes

Scope and content

The papers of John Edmund Bowen consist of two manuscript notebooks containing notes on lectures delivered by Professor Joseph John Thomson, Cavendish Professor of Physics at Cambridge, 1911-1912. Bowen's notes consist of detailed summaries of Thomson's lectures on subjects including the discharge of electricity through gases, recombination of ions, recent developments in researches on light and electricity, scattering of electromagnetic radiation and the quantum theory of light.

System of arrangement

Lecture descriptions are arranged in approximate date order within the volumes.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

John Edmund Bowen was born in 1885 in Galway, Ireland, the son of Bartholomew Bowen, and educated at Queen's School, Galway. He entered Trinity College Cambridge in 1911 and attended lectures delivered by Joseph John Thomson, Cavendish Professor of Physics at Cambridge. Bowen was a lecturer in Physics at King's College London from 1919-1921, before taking up a post in China.

Custodial history

Transferred to Archives from King's College London Department of Physics, 2001.

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

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Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

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Related materials

The papers of Sir Joseph John Thomson include: Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives: correspondence and papers including correspondence with Lord Kelvin and Lord Rutherford (Ref: Add 7342, 7653-4, 7656); Royal Society: referee reports and correspondence, including letters (25) to Sir Arthur Schuster, 1885-1899; Cambridge University: Trinity College Library: correspondence and papers, 1836-1970 (Ref: NCUACS 91/4/00, CSAC74/4/80); California Institute of Technology Archives: correspondence with GE Hale, 1912-21; University of Texas at Austin: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Library 1882-1905: letters (20) to Sir Owen Richardson.

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Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


Archivist's note

Sources: King's College Calendars. Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

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