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04/24/91

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Channing Robertson named to Bowes chair in Engineering

STANFORD -- Channing Robertson, chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been named the Ruth G. and William K. Bowes Professor in the School of Engineering, effective immediately.

Robertson, 47, whose major expertise is in bioengineering, has been a member of the Stanford faculty since 1970. He has made significant contributions to the understanding of renal physiology and specifically of glomerular ultrafiltration processes in the kidney.

He also has pioneered in demonstrating the feasibility of "immobilized enzyme" reactors, which use special membranes that retain active enzymes and permit continuous conversion of biochemical intermediates into useful biological products.

Robertson, who did his undergraduate work at UC-Berkeley, received his master's and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from Stanford.

The Bowes chair in engineering was established in 1987 by a gift from William K. Bowes Jr. in honor of his mother and father. Bowes, who received a B.A. in economics from Stanford in 1950, is a general partner of U.S. Venture Partners in Menlo Park.

His father, the late William K. Bowes, received a B.A. in economics from Stanford in 1915. He was president of S.W. Straus and Co. and with his twin brother, Edwin, formed Bowes Brothers, a privately held investment company. Ruth Garland Bowes received two degrees from Stanford: a B.A. in bacteriology in 1920 and an M.D. in 1925. Now retired, she maintained a general practice in San Francisco for many years.

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