Richard Dean Allen, PhD

Title: Professor
Company: University of Hawaii
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Richard Dean Allen, PhD, Professor at the University of Hawaii, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biology.

Growing up on a farm was a formative experience for Dr. Allen, who assessed that because his family didn’t own the farm, there would be no family legacy. He decided to take matters into his own hands and built one through academic pursuits, first aiming to get a master’s degree.  After earning a Master of Science at the University of Illinois in 1960, he became interested in cell biology and electron microscopy and decided to continue his studies and earn a PhD at Iowa State University in 1964. Upon earning the degree, he spent an additional year as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University.

Dr. Allen started teaching during matriculation, teaching for a year at Greenville College. He later became a lecturer, and the Director of the Electron Microscope Service Laboratory at Harvard University from 1968 to 1969 while teaching as an assistant professor at Messiah College. In 1969, Dr. Allen joined the faculty at the University of Hawaii as an associate professor of microbiology. He remained at the institution for the remainder of his career, retiring in 2006 with the honorary professor emeritus title. During his tenure with the institution, he was instated as a full professor and directed such departments as the Biological Electron Microscope Facility and Tropical Medicine. From 1975 to 1976, Dr. Allen brought his expertise as a visiting professor at the University of Colorado.

A highlight of Dr. Allen’s career was his tenure as President of the Society of Protozoologists from 1981 to 1982. He was also involved with the European Journal of Cell Biology, the Journal of Protozoology, the Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry, the American Society for Cell Biology, and Sigma Xi. He became a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In his career, he was recognized by the National Science Foundation, the American Heart Association, as well as receiving a Hunter Prize and research grants from the National Institutes of Health. In addition, Dr. Allen edited “Protoplasma” from 1990 to 2000 and contributed his expertise to articles, abstracts, professional journals and books throughout his career. In his career endeavors and achievements, it is evident that Dr. Allen has created a legacy of note.

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