The Dr Benjamin Glyndwr Owen Scholarship Fund

"He was passionate about science and scientific research throughout his life."

In February 2013, Miss Glynis Owen generously donated £5,000 to establish a scholarship fund in memory of her father, the late Dr Benjamin Glyndwr Owen.

The Dr Benjamin Glyndwr Owen Scholarship Fund will be used to support postgraduate students at Cardiff who have already achieved a first degree in Physics, just as Dr Owen (pictured below) did.

Talking about her father and why she wanted to set up the Fund in his memory, Miss Owen says:

“My father, Benjamin Glyndwr Owen, was born in 1914 in Abertysswg in the Rhymney Valley. He went to Lewis School, Pengam, where he gained a Higher Certificate in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, and he arrived in Cardiff University to read Physics in September 1932.

He graduated in 1935, with an Upper Second Class Honours degree in Physics. The following year, he gained a teaching certificate, whilst continuing in the Physics department as a student demonstrator He undertook further study at Cardiff between 1936 and 1938, and gained a BSc in Engineering (Electrical and Heat Engines). He also worked part-time as a Lecturer in Radio Communication at Cardiff Technical College between 1936 and 1939.

He joined the Air Ministry Research Establishment when World War II started (later known as the Telecommunication Research Establishment) and worked on radar until the war ended in 1945. He joined the University of Manchester as a Senior Research Student then became a Lecturer in Physics there from 1947-1956. He was responsible for the design and construction of the Manchester Magnetic Spectograph for Cosmic Ray Investigations, gaining his Doctorate in 1950.

In 1956 he joined the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, and he worked there until he retired in 1979. He spent three years at Dounreay, Caithness and, in 1958, was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. He then moved to Risley for six years, and finally to Capenhurst, where he was a Technical Manager (control). He died in 1986.

I am delighted to set up this Scholarship in my father’s memory. He was passionate about science and scientific research throughout his life, and his initial interest was nurtured and developed at the Department of Physics at the University of Cardiff. He spent seven happy and formative years studying in Cardiff which led to a very successful and fulfilling career.

I can only hope that this Scholarship will help another student who wishes to pursue their knowledge of the subject and I wish them a very happy and successful professional life."


The first recipient of the scholarship will receive their award this coming Christmas time.

Cardiff University is incredibly grateful to Miss Owen for her support and generosity – diolch yn fawr, Miss Owen.

If you are interested in making a gift to support scholarships and current and future generations of Cardiff students, or in making a gift in memory of a loved one or friend, please contact us on 02920 876473 or by emailing

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Dr. Benjamin Glyndwr Owen