open mouthWhat can a new dentist accomplish in the realm of research? Consider Dr. Ray Bowen, perhaps best known for his development of dental composites, patented in the 1960s.

As a new dentist in the early 1950s, Dr. Bowen was frustrated with poor-quality direct filling materials and began exploring potential options. He set up a laboratory on his back porch in San Diego, where he had moved after dental school.  His back porch efforts eventually led to the creation of BIS-GMA resin, patented in 1962 while Dr. Bowen was with the ADA Research Unit at the National Bureau of Standards.  Read the whole story at ADA News.

Dr. Ray Bowen  received the 2014 American Association for Dental Research Distinguished Scientist Award. The GlaxoSmithKline-sponsored award biennially recognizes a scientist “who has contributed outstanding research of particular significance in any of the fields related to oral science.”

Today, Dr. Bowen is a distinguished scientist at the Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center, where he continues to research dental materials.

Congratulations Dr. Bowen!