(left to right): William Bowie (1872-1940) and Elizabeth Taylor Wattles Bowie (1856-1950), , Smithsonian Institution Archives, William Bowie (1872-1940) and his wife, Elizabeth Taylor Wattles Bowie (1856-1950), are examining the newly established William Bowie Medal awarded by American Geophysical Union; he was first recipient of the award. As a Captain in U.S. Army, William Bowie (1872-1940) worked on U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey..