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Astronomer , astrophysicist , physicist , university professor

Bruce Allen, American physicist. Recipient Knight prize Cambridge University, 1981, first prize Gravity Research Foundation, 1990, Bessel prize Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation, 2003; named Marshall scholar, 1980-1983; National Science Foundation research grantee, since 1987. Fellow Institute Physics, American Physical Society; member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Phi Beta Kappa.


Allen, Bruce was born on May 11, 1959 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Steven and Malwina (Gerson) Allen.


1976 Graduated from Wayland High School, Wayland, Massachusetts, USA. (Allen belonged to the class of 1977, but graduated a year early with the class of 1976).


He is also a physics professor at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He has done research work on models of the very early universe (inflationary cosmology, cosmic strings). Allen currently leads a research group working on the detection of gravitational waves.

In this role, he was one of the first scientists to become aware of the initial detection of GW150914 at LIGO, in September 2015. Allen's research work has been funded by the US National Science Foundation since 1987. 1980 B.S. in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (advisor: Rainer Weiss)\r\n1984 PhD. in Gravitation and Cosmology, University of Cambridge, England (advisor: Stephen Hawking)\r\n1983-1985 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Santa Barbara (Physics Department)\r\n1985-1986 Postdoctoral Fellow, Tufts University (Physics Department)\r\n1986-1987 Chercheur Associé, Observatoire de Paris - Meudon, France\r\n1987-1989 Research Assistant Professor, Tufts University\r\n1989-1992 Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee\r\n1992-1997 Associate Professor of Physics, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee\r\n1997-2007 Professor of Physics, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee\r\n2007-present Adjunct Professor of Physics, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee\r\n2007-present Director, Department of Observational Relativity and Cosmology, Albert Einstein Institute, Hannover, Germany\r\n2008-present Honorary Professor of Physics, University of Hanover\r\n1994 Six months, Isaac Newton Mathematical Institute, Cambridge, England\r\n1995 Six months, Caltech Relativity Group\r\n1997 One year, Caltech LIGO Project\r\n1999 Six months, Caltech LIGO Project\r\n2000-2005 Few months/year, Albert Einstein Institute, Potsdam, Germany.


  • 1980 Phi Beta Kappa, MIT\r\n1980-5 NSF Graduate Fellowship (declined)\r\n1980-2 Churchill Scholarship (declined)\r\n1980-2 Marshall Scholar, University of Cambridge\r\n1981 Knight Prize, University of Cambridge\r\n1990 First Prize, Gravity Research Foundation\r\n1997 University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Graduate School Research Award\r\n2002-3 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation\r\n2004 Elected Fellow, Institute of Physics (UK)\r\n2005 Elected Fellow, American Physical Society.


  • Other Work

    • Member editorial board: Classical and Quantum Gravity, 2001-2006. Contributor more than 140 articles to professional journals.


Fellow Institute Physics, American Physical Society. Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Swimming, French German and Italian language and culture.


Married Sylvie Debaisieux, August 26, 1986 (divorced 1992). Married Marialessandra Papa, April 1, 2000. Children: Daniel, Martin.

Steven Allen

Malwina (Gerson) Allen

Sylvie Debaisieux

Marialessandra Papa

Daniel Allen

Martin Allen