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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.


Other Online Resources

Printed Materials

  • Coleman, K.L., A History of Georgia (USA: University of Georgia Press, 1991)

Archival Materials

  • DC183/11/43 Register of Members of the General Council of the University of Glasgow as at 15th April, 1918
  • DC183/13/6 University of Glasgow, Obituary of the General Council, 1961-1970
  • R1/7/1 Nomina Scientiae Baccalaureorum, Universitatis Glasguensis Ab Anno 1873.
  • R3/1/1 Register of dates of birth of graduates Vols.I-III., 1881-1915
  • R4/5/3 University of Glasgow, Schedules of Graduates in Science (B. Sc.) 1907 to 1910
  • R7/3/4 Glasgow University Class Prize Index, 1903-1908
  • R8/1/12 Glasgow University Album 1903-07


William Selkirk Owen
Born 16 July 1884.
Died 19 December 1964.
GU Degree: BSc, 1907; Science and Engineering,
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: academic deans; naval architects
English snippet: Professor of Naval Architecture and Dean of Faculty at Webb Institute, New York, for 22 years.
Record last updated: 26th Jun 2013

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