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  • 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 1986.

    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 international prominence.

    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