Having qualified from the Royal Dental Hospital in London in 1969, Prof Owen went on to specialise in prosthodontics in 1985. He has taught at three of the dental schools in South Africa and his last appointment was Professor and Head of the Department of Oral Rehabilitation at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), which encompassed Prosthodontics, Endodontics and Operative Dentistry. He has a keen interest in the development and application of innovative teaching and learning methods, especially blended learning and has developed a variety of e-learning materials including an introductory interactive e-book on removable partial dentures. He continues to produce e-learning materials and assists postgraduate students in the development and writing of research reports and papers and is publishing papers trying to simplify what are often perceived as ‘difficult’ concepts. He has pioneered the concept of ‘appropriatech’: the use of cost-effective methods and materials whilst maintaining high quality outcomes. He was the first in SA to introduce digital dentistry into the undergraduate curriculum and has continued to lecture on digital dentistry, including the associated materials science and the biological basis of oral rehabilitation. Prof Owen was the longest serving member of the Board of the International College of Prosthodontists, culminating in its co-Presidency. He remains a member of the Academy of Prosthodontics of South Africa, is a Fellow of the International College of Dentistry and holds a Fellowship of the College of Dentistry (SA) of the Colleges of Medicine. He has made over 140 presentations locally and internationally and has over 150 publications, including journal papers, books, chapters in books, manuals and other publications. He has been an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Prosthodontics, and is a reviewer for a variety of other international journals. He is currently President of the South African Dental Technicians Council.