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Memorable Manitobans: John Frank “Jack” Allen (1908-2001)


Born at Winnipeg on 5 May 1908, son of Frank Allen and Sarah Estelle Harper, brother of Lillian Beatrice Allen and William A. Allen, he was educated at Kelvin School then studied physics at the University of Manitoba before going on to graduate studies at the University of Toronto in 1929. In 1935 he went to study at Cambridge College in the UK. Two years later, he discovered superfluity with help from Pyotr Kapista and Don Meisner. He was a Professor of Physics at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland from 1947 to 1978. Noted for his contributions to the chemistry of insulin, herparin, and carbonic anhydrase, he held a Rockerfeller fellowship at the California Institute of Technology at Pasadena. Appointed Head of the Physics Department of St. Andrews University in 1947, he was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1949. During the Second World War, he served as Acting Director of the Mond Laboratory, conducting experimental work and war research under two ministries of the British government. He was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Manitoba in 1979. He died on 22 April 2001.


Biography [John F. "Jack" Allen (1908-)], University of California (Davis).

This page was prepared by Angela Graham and Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 27 October 2015

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