New Papers Of Hoover Fellow Henry Rowen Now Available

Monday, May 1, 2017
The papers of former Hoover senior fellow Henry Rowen (1925–2015) are now available at Hoover Archives.

The papers of former Hoover senior fellow Henry Rowen (1925–2015) are now available at Hoover Archives.
The papers of former Hoover senior fellow Henry Rowen (1925–2015) are now available at Hoover Archives. (Photo: Visual Arts Services)

An increment to the personal papers of Henry S. Rowen, now available for research, gives insight into the United States' public policy regarding the Soviet Union and nuclear arms during the late twentieth century. Rowen was a long time Hoover fellow and Stanford University professor who was actively involved in public policy debates and research on alternative energy. With a background in industrial management (Bachelor's from M.I.T) and economics (Master's from Oxford), Rowen's evolving career can be traced through his personal papers which began in the Bureau of the Budget and the RAND Corporation. Rowen's work at RAND put him in contact with many influential people, such as Albert Wohlstetter, and got him involved with international relations and eventually led to a position as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. Ever the economist, Rowen was among the earliest academics to recognize the ailing nature of the Soviet economy, and his research shifted from nuclear weapons to nuclear energy. Rowen’s latest research focused on the rise of Asian economies and technology and founded the Asia/Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. The evolution of Rowen's research interests can be traced through the various correspondence, printed matter, and numerous writings held in this latest increment.