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Gareth Owen, CBE (4 October 1922 – 4 May 2002) was a Welsh zoologist and academic. He was Principal of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth from 1979 to 1989 and additionally Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales from 1985 to 1987. He had served as a Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot during the Second World War, and then lectured in zoology at the University of Glasgow and Queen's University Belfast.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1953, Owen married Beti Jones. Together they had three children: one son and two daughters.[1]


In the 1988 Birthday Honours, Owen was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition of his service as Principal of University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.[2] He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) degree by Queen's University Belfast in 1982, and a Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the University of Wales in 1989.[1]


  1. ^ a b c 'OWEN, Dr Gareth', Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014; online edn, April 2014 accessed 3 July 2017
  2. ^ "No. 51365". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 June 1988. p. 8.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Goronwy Daniel
Principal of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth
Succeeded by
Kenneth O. Morgan