Gwilym Ellis Lane Owen

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Gwilym Ellis Lane Owen (18 May 1922 – 10 July 1982), who published as G. E. L. Owen, was a Welsh philosopher, concerned with the history of Ancient Greek philosophy. From 1973 until his death he was the fourth Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. An undergraduate at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where after research at Durham he taught, he proceeded in 1966 to Harvard University, where his many distinguished students included Julia Annas, Gail Fine, Wilbur Knorr, Martha Nussbaum, Donald J. Zeyl, Terence Irwin and Nicholas P. White. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1969.

He is known particularly for his ideas on the development of Aristotle.[1] He has been classed with J. L. Ackrill and Gregory Vlastos as influential in creating interest in the field, in the Anglo-American context.[2]


  1. ^ Charlotte Witt, The Evolution of Developmental Interpretations, p. 74, in William Robert Wians (editor), Aristotle's Philosophical Development: Problems and Prospects (1996).
  2. ^ Bryn Mawr Classical Review 98.4.01


  • Malcolm Schofield, Martha Craven Nussbaum (editors) (1982), Language and Logos: Studies in Ancient Greek Philosophy Presented to G. E. L. Owen

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Academic offices
Preceded by
William Keith Chambers Guthrie
Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy Cambridge University
1973 - 1982
Succeeded by
Myles Burnyeat
Preceded by
President of the Aristotelian Society
1978 - 1979
Succeeded by