James B. Owens
Born(1920-07-23)July 23, 1920
Houston, Texas, U.S.
DiedNovember 2, 2009(2009-11-02) (aged 89)
Alma materRice University
Spouse(s)Bette Craig
ChildrenCraig Owens (critic), Eric Owens [1]
AwardsIEEE Founders Medal (1987)

James Beverly[2] Owens (July 23, 1920 – November 2, 2009) was an American engineer and former executive.

Owens was born in Houston, Texas in July 1920.[3][4] He attended Rice University and also studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as the Westinghouse Advanced Electrical Design School. During World War II, he worked for Westinghouse as a designer for military radar technology. He later served as president of Gould-Brown Boveri, an electrical equipment distributor. He served as the president of the IEEE in 1983 as well as on the board of directors from 1981 to 1984.[5] He received the IEEE Founders Medal in 1987 "for exemplary and inspirational leadership, distinguished service, and administrative excellence in electric power engineering and the electrical engineering profession".[6] Owens died in Lincolnshire, Illinois in November 2009 at the age of 89.[7]


  1. ^ ETHW: James B. Owens
  2. ^ The Thresher, October 25, 1940
  3. ^ "IEEE Membership Directory". 2001.
  4. ^ James Beverly Owens in the Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1932
  5. ^ ETHW: James B. Owens
  6. ^ https://www.ieee.org/documents/founders_rl.pdf
  7. ^ Ancestry: James B. Owens in the U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014