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John McCowan, Scientist
We are presently looking for information regarding John McCowan, B.Sc. 1883; M.A 1886; D.Sc. 1892. In the 1890s John McCowan published several very important papers on wave theory. He was a grandson of John McCowan, tailor, of Bridge of Allan, Scotland.
It is interesting that Bridge of Allan was known for its mineral waters. People came to the Bridge of Allan "baths" from all over Britain to be healed of various ailments. His grandparents earned income by lodging these tourists. Perhaps young John McCowan's interest in the nature of water (and waves) was due to his upbringing near these healing waters at Bridge of Allan.