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Vice Admiral Harold Gardiner Bowen served as the first Chief of Naval Research for the United States Navy. Born in 1883 in Providence, Rhode Island, Bowen graduated from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1905 and was commissioned in 1907. After a stint as chief of the Bureau of Engineers, Bowen was appointed director of the Naval Research Laboratory in 1939 and served in that capacity until 1942. Bowen was decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal for his contributions to military research. Bowen died in 1965.
Consists of selected papers of Vice-Admiral Bowen including speeches, articles, documents, printed matter, and manuscripts for his book Ships, Machinery, and Mossbacks, The Autobiography of a Naval Engineer (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1954). The papers primarily refer to his various activities as director of the Naval Research Laboratory (1939-1942), special assistant to the Secretary of the Navy (1939-1947), chief of the Office of Naval Research (1946-1947), and executive secretary of the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation. Included are files of naval engineering data and research concerning boilers, submarines, destroyers, turbines, radar, and naval patents, and material related to wartime industrial management, plant seizure, and the organization of navy yards.
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Biography written by Jessica Marati, '08.
- United States. Navy
- United States. Office of Naval Research
- Thomas Alva Edison Foundation
- Naval Research Laboratory (U.S.)
- Marine engineering -- United States -- 20th century
- Naval art and science -- 20th century
- Naval research -- United States -- 20th century
- Navy-yards and naval stations -- United States -- 20th century
- World war, 1939-1945 -- Equipment and supplies
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Radar
- Public Policy Papers
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Includes Appointments (1946); Correspondence A-Z; Personal Files, etc.Physical Description
Includes Autobiography and Biographical DataPhysical Description
Includes Articles and Speeches by Harold Gardiner Bowen; PhotographsPhysical Description
Re: Boilers, Submarines Turbines, etc.Physical Description
Re: DetroyersPhysical Description
Re: Radar, ResearchPhysical Description
Re: Scientific Information Policy; Scientists, etc.Physical Description
Includes Organization of Navy Yards; Shipbuilding CompaniesPhysical Description
Includes Allis Chalmers; American Manufacturing Co., Fort Worth, Texas; Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co.; General Cable Co.; Goodyear, etc.Physical Description
Includes Lord Manufacturing Co.Physical Description
Includes Publicity; "Radio Reminiscences" by A. Hoyt Taylor (printed)Physical Description
Includes ScrapbookPhysical Description