Person: Cowling, Thomas George
Tom Cowling graduated from Oxford and worked at Imperial College London. He lectured at Swansea, Dundee and Manchester and became a professor at Bangor and Leeds. He worked on theoretical astronomy and stellar physics.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
 George and Edith Cowling had four sons, Thomas being the second.
 Milne agreed on condition that Cowling work on an astronomical topic.
 Milne did not have a problem in mind for Cowling to work on, so he asked Chapman at Imperial College, London.
 Cowling found difficulties at first because of Chapman's suggested approach, but soon adopted a different approach solving the problem.
 The result of this was that after Cowling completed his doctorate in 1930, Chapman offered him a position as a demonstrator in the Mathematics Department at Imperial College where he worked for three years before being appointed as an assistant lecturer in mathematics at Swansea University.
 In 1945 Cowling was appointed Professor of Mathematics at University College Bangor, moving to a similar post in Leeds in 1948.
 Cowling's main contributions were in the areas of stellar structure, cosmical magnetism, kinetic theory and plasmaphysics.
 Cowling's second paper On a pointsource model of a star (1930) began his publications on stellar structure.
 Cowling received many honours throughout his career.
Born 17 June 1906, Hackney, London, England. Died 16 June 1990, Leeds, England.
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Astronomy, Origin England
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