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Dr. James Bowman

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Medical Professor
Pathologist
Geneticist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Potato Salad, Rice, Ham
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Outside of the U.S.
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/5/1923
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Medical Professor
Pathologist
Geneticist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Potato Salad, Rice, Ham
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Outside of the U.S.
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/5/1923
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Geneticist, medical professor and pathologist Dr. James Bowman was born on February 5, 1923 in Washington, D.C. to James E. Bowman, a dentist and Dorothy Bowman, a homemaker. Bowman graduated with honors from Dunbar High School in 1939 and went on to study biology at Howard University where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1943. By attending medical school as part of the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Howard University, Bowman was able to obtain his medical degree in 1946. His intention was to become an Army medical officer, but at the time, segregation prevented it, so Bowman continued his studies in pathology. After an internship at Freedmen's Hospital in Washington, D.C., Bowman did his residency in pathology at St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago from 1947 to 1952.

In 1955, Bowman accepted a position in Iran where he studied favism, a disease which relates to the deficiency of glucose-6-dehydrogenase. From 1961 to 1962, Bowman studied genetics at the Galton Laboratory at the University College London. After returning from London, University of Chicago professor Alf Alving invited Bowman to take a faculty position there in the malaria research unit. His research on enzyme deficiency at the University of Chicago sent him abroad to do population studies. Bowman traveled to Mexico, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Uganda among other places. From 1981 to 1982, Bowman studied under the Henry J. Kaiser Senior Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

An expert in the fields of pathology and genetics and professor emeritus in the departments of pathology and medicine at the University of Chicago, Bowman also served on the Committee on Genetics; the Committee on African and African American Studies; and as a senior scholar for the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. He also published more than ninety works in the fields of general human genetics; hematological population genetics; genetic variation among diverse peoples; and ethical, legal and public policy issues in human genetics. One of his most notable books entitled, "Genetic Variation Disorders in People of African Origin," was co-authored with Robert Murray. Bowman and his wife, Barbara, raised one daughter, Valerie Bowman Jarrett.

Bowman passed away on September 28, 2011 at age 88.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. James Bowman lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. James Bowman describes his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. James Bowman describes his father and mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. James Bowman describes his childhood in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. James Bowman talks about his favorite teachers at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. James Bowman describes his experiences attending Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. James Bowman talks about winning the District of Columbia singles tennis championship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. James Bowman describes segregation in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. James Bowman talks about attending Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. James Bowman talks about his professors at Howard University
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dr. James Bowman describes his extracurricular involvement at Howard University
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Dr. James Bowman describes his experiences attending Howard University College of Medicine
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Dr. James Bowman compares the standards of Howard University College of Medicine to other medical schools in the 1940s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. James Bowman talks about serving in the U.S. Army at the Medical Attrition Laboratory in Chicago, Illinois and Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. James Bowman talks about meeting and marrying his wife, HistoryMaker Barbara Bowman
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. James Bowman describes why he moved to Iran in 1955
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. James Bowman talks about studying favism in Iran, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. James Bowman talks about studying favism in Iran, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. James Bowman describes favism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. James Bowman talks about raising his daughter, HistoryMaker Valerie Bowman Jarrett, in Iran
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. James Bowman describes the cultural experience of living in Iran
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. James Bowman talks about living and working in England
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dr. James Bowman describes being hired at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Dr. James Bowman talks about Dr. Alf Alving
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Dr. James Bowman talks about being invited back to Iran to lecture
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. James Bowman describes how the American Central Intelligence Agency's secrets were common knowledge amongst people living in Iran
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. James Bowman describes how a British intelligence secret was shared with him
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. James Bowman talks about the National Security Agency
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. James Bowman describes his research at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. James Bowman describes his first research trip to Lagos, Nigeria
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. James Bowman shares an anecdote of the treatment of guests in accordance with Nigerian and Middle Eastern traditions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. James Bowman describes the tensions of traveling to Uganda
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. James Bowman talks about Dr. John M. Branion Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. James Bowman talks about the various African countries he visited
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dr. James Bowman describes how he learned of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement while living in Iran
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Dr. James Bowman describes his reaction to foreigners' perceptions of the United States
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Dr. James Bowman talks about the importance of understanding different cultures
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. James Bowman comments on diversity from a genetics standpoint
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. James Bowman talks about "nature vs. nurture" and power, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. James Bowman talks about "nature vs. nurture" and power, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. James Bowman talks about the Model Sterilization Law and Buck v. Bell
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. James Bowman talks about eugenics around the world
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. James Bowman talks about eugenicist and physicist William Shockley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. James Bowman talks about Dr. Frances C. Welsing and inherited disorders
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. James Bowman comments on the ideal of an utopian society
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. James Bowman shares his thoughts on religion
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Dr. James Bowman notes how religion and politics can potentially stunt scientific progress
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. James Bowman shares a story about Dr. Joycelyn Elders
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. James Bowman talks about the politics surrounding stem cell research
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. James Bowman shares his thoughts about the future of genetic research, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. James Bowman shares his thoughts about the future of genetic research, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. James Bowman shares his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. James Bowman reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. James Bowman describes the deaths of each of his parents
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. James Bowman talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dr. James Bowman reflects upon his contributions to research and teaching in Iran
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Dr. James Bowman provides advice for young people and talks about his wife, HistoryMaker Barbara Bowman
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Dr. James Bowman narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dr. James Bowman narrates his photographs, pt. 2