Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
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Allen, Clabon Walter

  • Roy H. Garstang
Reference work entry

BornPerth, Western Australia, Australia, 28 December 1904

DiedCanberra, Australia, 10 December 1987

Clabon Allen (normally C. W. Allen) is known to every practicing astronomer as the editor of the first three editions of Allens Astrophysical Quantities. Indeed, so closely was his name tied to the concept that the fourth edition, prepared long after his death, is called Allens Astrophysical Quantities, fourth edition, A. N. Cox, editor.

Allen was educated at the University of Western Australia, received a B.Sc. in 1925, and in 1926 was appointed as a Research Fellow at the newly founded Commonwealth Solar Observatory in Canberra (later the Mount Stromlo Observatory). Later, when he was awarded a Hackett Research Studentship for 2 years, the authorities would not grant him a 2-year leave. An act of the Australian Parliament was required to grant him leave, probably the only occasion when an astronomer’s career required an act of Parliament to proceed.

Allen spent 1935/1936 in Cambridge...

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Selected References

  1. McNally, D. (1990). “C. W. Allen (1904–1987).” Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society 31: 259–266.ADSGoogle Scholar
  2. Stibbs, D. W. N. (1973). “A Tribute to C. W. Allen.” Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society 14: 311–317.ADSGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roy H. Garstang
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  1. 1.University of ColoradoBoulderUSA