Dr Robert John Fowell was born in 1944. He received his mining education at the University of Sheffield and undertook PhD studies in mechanical rock excavation in the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He was appointed as a Lecturer in Mining Engineering at Newcastle in 1971 and became Reader in Excavation Engineering in 1984. He later moved to the mining department at Leeds University.
Robert Fowell was Junior President of the North of England Branch of the Institution of Mining Engineers in 1973-74 and NEIMME President in 1984-85.
He served as the Secretary of the Northern Branch of the Council for Engineering Institutions from 1980-84.
Fowell, R.J. Finniston: five years on [Presidential address NEIMME] Mining engineer 145 1985-86, 303-306
Fowell, R.J.& Ochei, N.N.Comparison of dust make and energy requirements for rock cutting tools International journal of mining engineering 2 1984, 73-83
Hekimoglu, O.Z. & Fowell, R.J.Theoretical and practical aspects of circumferential pick spacing on boom tunnelling machine cutting heads Mining science and technology 13, 1991,257-270
Fowell, R.J. & Martin, J.A. Water jet assisted coal cutting in Lichtarowicz, A. Jet cutting technology. 1992, 149-165