Brian Glover Gowenlock, FRSE 1969, Professor of Chemistry and Head of the Department of Chemistry, Heriot-Watt University 1966 – 1987, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Heriot-Watt University 1969 – 1972 and 1987 – 1990 and Vice-Chairman of the University Grants Committee 1983 – 1985, was born on 9th February 1926 in Oldham, Lancashire. He was the younger son of Harry and Hilda Gowenlock and his father was an office worker at Platt’s Mill, Oldham.
A strong early influence was his maternal grandfather, a self-educated man, who instilled in Brian the love of learning. Brian was proud of his Lancastrian roots and retained traces of his Oldham accent to the end of his life. Read more about Brian Gowenlock