Dr. Rachel Owen was a Lecturer in Italian at Pembroke College, Oxford. She was also an internationally renowned artist – mixing photography and printmaking – and at the same time a scholar in medieval Italian literature. As Retained Lecturer, she taught Dante’s Divine Comedy to Pembroke’s finalists in Italian.
Dr. Owen was a graduate of The University of Exeter, where she studied Italian and Fine Art. She then moved to Royal Holloway, London, where she completed a PhD on the illustrations of the early manuscripts of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Students especially loved her annual guided tour to the manuscripts of The Divine Comedy in the Bodleian Library. 
Owen was the girlfriend of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke for over 2 decades. The couple met in college. They have a son, Noah, and a daughter, Agnes, aged 15 and 12. The couple split in August 2015. The album Moon Shaped Pool is inspired by their breakup.
In December 2016, Owen died of cancer.