(1861–1931) Bodley's librarian 1919–31. Cowley joined the Bodleian staff in 1896, specializing in Sanskrit, Aramaic, and Hebrew MSS, achieving recognition as a leading Semitic scholar. As librarian, he reformed cataloguing procedures and brought several outlying libraries under unified Bodleian control. He saw a solution for serious overcrowding problems in building an extension nearby, but died before it could be started.
From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.