Edward John Walter BowieBMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2148 (Published 07 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2148
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Edward John Walter Bowie (“Walter”) was one of the most colourful figures in contemporary haematology, combining scientific achievement with a genial outgoing personality.
He was born on 10 March 1925 in Church Stretton, Shropshire, where his father was a physician. He spent his childhood in Doncaster, where he acquired the Yorkshire undertones ideal for his Stanley Holloway monologues, with which in later life he delighted his American colleagues.
His studies in Classics at Oxford were interrupted by the second world war, in which he served in the Royal Navy as a sub-lieutenant in charge of a motor torpedo boat in the D-Day landings. After the war he returned to Oxford to begin medical school, followed by University College Hospital, London. In 1949 he married Gertrude Susi (“Trudi”) Ulrich in Switzerland. In 1954, after qualification and training at London hospitals, he emigrated to Manitoba, Canada, to begin general medical practice. Four years later he moved …