Dr Ronald Alwyne Bowen
Dr Ronald Alwyne Bowen FFARCS MRCS LRCP DA
Known as: 'Ronnie'
10/03/1913 to 16/03/1999
Place of birth: Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales
Education and qualifications
Swansea Grammar School (Together with Dylan Thomas!)
Primary medical qualification(s)
MRCS LRCP 1940 Conjoint Board
Initial Fellowship and type
FFARCS by Election
Year of Fellowship
DA 1946 Conjoint Board, RCSE/RCP
Professional life and career
House Surgeon, St Bartholomew’s Hospital 1940.
Senior House Officer Surgery and Orthopaedics, St Bartholomew’s Hospital 1941.
Captain RAMC, 1941-45 serving in Middle East and Eritrea. Specialised in anaesthesia.
Assistant Administrator of Anaesthetics, St Bartholomew’s Hospital 1947.
Visiting Anaesthetist: Papworth Village Settlement, Cambridge; Friern Hospital, Barnet; and St Andrew’s Hospital Dollis Hill 1948-50.
Consultant Anaesthetist, St Andrew’s Hospital, Dollis Hill 1950-68.
Consultant Anaesthetist, St Bartholomew’s Hospital 1950-78.
Sub-Dean, St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School 1958-62.
Senior Honorary Editor at Royal Society of Medicine 1975-77.
Professional interests and activities
Member of British Medical Association and Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland 1947-99.
Fellow of Royal Society of Medicine 1948-99.
Associate Member of Thoracic Society 1954-8.
Examiner for DA 1975-76.
Performed early neurosurgical anaesthesia and thoracic anaesthesia and some of the first cardio-pulmonary bypass procedures at Barts.
Invented a new laryngoscope (1952), a flexometallic tracheal tube with a high volume low pressure cuff (1954), a motor driven syringe driver (1957) and an introducer for difficult intubations (1967).
Other biographical information
He married Helen nee Cruickshanks in 1948 and they had three children: a son who pre-deceased him and two daughters, one of whom was a doctor; four grandchildren.
Dry sense of humour always there.
Talented amateur photographer.
In retirement he was an able cook, furniture upholsterer and creator of stained glass.
Author and sources
Sources and comments:
Wilkinson DJ. Obituary Ronald Alwyne Bowen British Medical Journal 1999; 2: 1204.
Personal knowledge and information from daughter, Alison.