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Elected in 1985

“For continuous outstanding achievements in the understanding of reactor kinetics and in the development of methods for reactor analysis.”


ALLAN F. HENRY was born on January 12, 1925, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and spent his childhood in the greater Philadelphia area. He graduated from the Haverford School in the spring of 1942 and enrolled as a freshman at Yale University in the fall of 1942. Due to the exigencies of World War II, he accelerated his education and graduated in January 1945 with a B.S. in chemistry. Because of a high school football injury to his knee, he was ineligible for the military draft. However, he did want to serve, and he enlisted in the American Field Service. In March 1945 he was posted to the China/Burma/India theater as an ambulance driver for General William Slim’s 14th British Army. He served until after the end of hostilities, returning to the United States in December 1945. From his experiences and travels in India he developed a lifelong affection for Indian spices and food.

Allan enrolled in graduate school at Yale in the fall of 1946 and changed his major from chemistry to physics. He completed his master’s degree in 1947 and his Ph.D. in 1950. His dissertation, entitled “Theory of Magnetic Resonance in Nitric Oxide,” was done under Professor Henry Margenau.

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