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Thomas George Cowling

Born: 17-Jun-1906
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 16-Jun-1990
Location of death: Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Baptist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Mathematician, Astronomer

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Cowling model

Mathematician and astronomer Thomas George Cowling studied stellar structure, convection and radiation, kinetic theory, plasma-physics, sunspots, and the stability of stars, and devised what is now called the Cowling model, a method for explaining energy transfer in stars.

Father: George Cowling (engineer)
Mother: Edith Eliza Nicholls Cowling (teacher)
Wife: Doris Marjorie Moffatt Cowling (m. 24-Aug-1935, two daughters)
Daughter: Margaret Ann Cowling Robert
Daughter: Elizabeth Mary Cowling

    High School: Sir George Monoux Grammar School, London, England (1923)
    University: Oxford University (1927)
    University: PhD Mathematical Astronomy, Oxford University (1930)
    Teacher: Mathematics, Imperial College London (1930-33)
    Teacher: Mathematics, Swansea University (1933-37)
    Teacher: Mathematics, University of Dundee (1937-38)
    Teacher: Applied Mathematics, University of Manchester (1938-45)
    Professor: Mathematics, Bangor University (1945-48)
    Professor: Mathematics, University of Leeds (1948-70)

    Hughes Medal 1990
    Bruce Medal 1985
    Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal 1956
    International Astronomical Union
    Royal Astronomical Society President (1965-67)
    Royal Society 1947
    Asteroid Namesake 12139 Tomcowling
    Heart Attack 1960
    Swedish Ancestry

Author of books:
Molecules in Motion (1950)
The Mathematical Theory of Non-Uniform Gases (1952)
Magnetohydrodynamics (1957)


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