Robert Bowen was a commander in the Royal Navy who was acquainted with H. P. Blavatsky. He "questioned her persistently about what attitude a student ought to take towards The Secret Doctrine. He made careful notes of the answers she gave him and subsequently read them over to her to make sure that he had not mistaken her meaning." These notes were published in the January-March, 1932, issue of Theosophy in Ireland after Bowen's son, Captain P. G. B. Bowen, a Dublin theosophist, brought them to light.
Yvonne Burgess of the Theosophical Society in London has compiled biographical information about the Bowen family, which is available at the Blavatsky Archives.