Rowning was born at Ashby-with-Fenby in Lincolnshire, and died in London in November 1771. He received his education first at the grammar school at Glanford Brigg, then at Magdalene College, Cam-bridge (BA, 1724; MA, 1728). He became a Fellow of his College in 1725, and served as a college tutor for some years. In 1733 he moved to London, where he delivered a course of lectures on experimental philosophy. In 1734 he became rector of Westley Waterless in Cambridgeshire, then moved again, four years later, to take on the College living at Anderby in Lincolnshire. Rowning also became an active member of the Gentlemen's Society of Spalding (see Maurice Johnson), which he helped to redirect from antiquarian to scientific pursuits.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.