Chemist, Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, 1889-1891
From - Barringer, Paul Brandon, Garnett, James Mercer Jr., and Page, Rosewell. 1904. University of Virginia: Its history, influence, equipment and characteristics with biographical sketches and portraits of founders, benefactors, officers, and alumni. Page. Volume 2. Lewis Publishing Co., New York.,138pp.
William Bowman, Chemical Engineer, of New York City, was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, March 15, 1864, the son of Nathaniel Robert and Matilda (Wilkes) Bowman, both of whom traced their ancestry to old and honored families of England, who settled in the State of Virginia during the seventeenth century.
Walker Bowman received his preliminary education from the public schools, and this was supplemented at the private school in Lynchburg, Virginia, taught by Woodville Latham, and the Bellevue High School. He then entered the University of Virginia from which he was graduated in 1884 with the degree of Master of Arts, after which he went abroad and pursued a course of study at the German Universities of Goettingen, Heidelberg and Berlin, receiving in 1888, from the latter institution the title of Doctor of Philosophy, in Chemistry. Upon his return to his native land, Mr. Bowman was elected Chemist to the Agricultural Experiment Station, Blacksburg, Virginia, which position he held from 1889 to 1891. He then established a Chemical Laboratory in New York City, which he continued to conduct up to the year 1893, when he was called to the Chair of Chemistry in the Ohio University. He served in this capacity until 1896, when he located in Louisville, Kentucky, and accepted a position as Chemist of the Louisville Spirit-Cured Tobacco Company. In 1900, Mr. Bowman took up his residence in New York City, where he has since resided, and since that date has devoted his attention exclusively to Chemical Engineering, his business office being located at 39 Cortlandt Street, New York City. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Society of Chemical Industry, and the New York Chemists' Club. In politics he adheres to the principles of the Democratic party.