Archibald Allan Bowman Scotland

Biography of Archibald Allan Bowman

Archibald Bowman
Archibald Bowman

Archibald Allan Bowman (1883-1936) was a University graduate who was Professor of Logic and Rhetoric, 1925 to 1927, and Professor of Moral Philosophy from 1927 until 1936.

Born in Beith, Bowman studied at the University (MA, 1905) and became a lecturer in Logic at Queen Margaret College before going to Princeton University in 1912 as Stuart Professor of Logic. He obtained leave of absence to serve in the Highland Light Infantry during the First World War, and returned to Glasgow on his appointment to the University's Chair of Logic. Bowman's greatest interest was in the field of philosophy of religion. Although he died before he was able to complete his work on the subject, some of his papers were collected in Studies in the Philosophy of Religion, edited by Norman Kemp Smith and published in 1938.

Bowman married one of his former pupils Mabel Stewart and had three children, Archibald, Alistair and Mary, who all studied at the University of Glasgow. Bowman's son Alastair matriculated for one year but left at the beginning of the Second World War to join the RAF and was killed in a plane crash.

To read Professor Bowman's entry in the on-line University Roll of Honour, go to Lieutenant Archibald Allan Bowman.

His correspondence and diaries are held by University of Glasgow Archives and Special Collections.


Archibald Allan Bowman
Moral Philosopher

Born 1883, Beith, Scotland.
Died 12 June 1936.
GU Degree: MA, 1905;
University Link: Alumnus, Professor
Occupation categories: moral philosophers
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P161359
View Major Archive Collection Record
View Additional Information
Record last updated: 27th Oct 2022

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland
Place of Birth

University Connections

University Roles

  • Alumnus
  • Professor

Academic Posts