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Aberystwyth University
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Sculpture / S33

Isambard Owen

Plaster, painted


Sir Herbert Isambard Owen (1850-1927) was born in Chepstow, the son of William George Owen who studied under Isambard Brunel. Isambard Owen graduated from Cambridge in 1872 and became a medical student in London. He became close enough friends with Joseph Edwards, sculptor, and prince Lucien Bonaparte to be named executor to both their wills. Owen was heavily involved in Welsh education and education in general, becoming Deputy Chancellor of the University of Wales, Principal of Armstrong College, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol. He was also a notable member of the Society for the Utilisation of the Welsh Language. He died in Paris, 14th January 1927 and was buried in Glanadda, Bangor.