Alan Bicksler Fowler was born in Denver CO in 1928. He lived in Guernsey Wyoming, Baltimore MD and Newport RI and attended public schools in the latter two. Fowler graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a BS in 1951, an MS in 1952, and from Harvard University with a PhD in Applied Physics, in 1958. He worked for the Research Division from 1953 to 1956 and for IBM Research from 1958 to 1993, and is an IBM Fellow Emeritus. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948 and from 1952 to 1953.
He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Science. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the IEEE. He has received the John Price Wetherill Medal of the Franklin Institute, the David Sarnoff Award of the IEE and the Buckley prize of the APS. He is a Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London.