Associate Director Rowe Receives Honorary Doctorate
Ed Rowe, the guiding force behind Aladdin, received an honorary doctor of science
degree on October 18 from the University of Minnesota, presented to him during a meeting
celebrating the SRC's 25th anniversary.
Rowe, whose official title is associate director for accelerator development at the
SRC, was instrumental in developing synchrotron radiation into a basic research tool.
Sometimes called "the father of synchrotron radiation," Rowe, according to
the citation honoring him, "contributed overwhelmingly to the progress of science and
technology" by leading in the development of first Tantalus, in 1968, then Aladdin in
Rowe was described by the citation as "a visionary who enabled others to see
things beyond their existing capabilities." Though proud of his efforts in creating
Aladdin, Rowe is especially pleased by the growth of SRC into a major research facility of
A native of Rochester, New York, Rowe received a B.S. in physics from Purdue University
and was named a Distinguished Alumnus by Purdue's School of Science in 1992. He has been
affiliated with the UW- Madison since 1967, and received the UW's first Bollinger Academic
Staff Distinguished Achievement Award in 1989.
--Harvey Black and Wisconsin Week contributed to this story