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AADR Distinguished Scientist Award to Rafael “Ray” Bowen

Posted on March 20, 2014

Alexandria, Va., USA – The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) will announce Rafael “Ray” Bowen as the 2014 recipient of the AADR Distinguished Scientist Award during the Opening Ceremonies of the AADR 43rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition, March 19, 2014, in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the 38th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research. 

Bowen is a distinguished scientist at the American Dental Association Foundation’s Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center. He is credited as the inventor of resin composites and dentin adhesives, and is an internationally recognized authority on composite materials. 

His research began in the 1950s and produced the first commercial products in the early 1960s. His formula is generally known in literature as “Bowen’s resin.” He has been a mentor to hundreds of students and scientists. Bowen is a past recipient of the IADR Distinguished Scientist Wilmer Souder Award. 

“AADR is pleased to present Dr. Bowen with the 2014 AADR Distinguished Scientist Award,” said AADR President Peter Polverini. “His commitment to dental and oral health research has led to advances in restorative dentistry and dental care, and he is to be applauded for his achievements. There are few individuals in health research who have such a long and distinguished list of publications, patents and licensed products as Dr. Bowen.” 

Every two years, AADR recognizes a distinguished scientist who has contributed outstanding research of particular significance in any of the fields related to oral science. The award recipient receives a monetary award of $5,000, which is generously supported by GlaxoSmithKline.