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14th of January 2019
Edward "Taffy" Bowen
Edward "Taffy" Bowen was born on this day, 14 January, in 1911 in the village of Cockett near Swansea, Wales. After playing a key role in the development of radar systems in the second world war, Bowen arrived in Sydney on 1 January 1944 to take up a position with CSIR (as CSIRO was then known). In May 1946, Bowen was appointed Chief of the Division of Radiophysics and was critical to the planning and construction of the Parkes radio telescope, and, later, played a similar role in the development of the 3.9m optical Anglo-Australian Telescope. Throughout his life he remained an ardent Welshman and in Australia rejoiced in the name of "Taffy". He refused the opportunity of taking Australian citizenship and thus sacrificed the possibility of Australian honours. The plaque above is one of a number of blue plaques that the Swansea Council has produced to commemorate the accomplishments of its former residents.

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